A lot of Facebook users were sounding off Wednesday morning as the social network site launched a new look to its news feed.

The changes, revealed in a blog posting by Facebook's Mark Tonkelowitz, are designed to make the content appearing on news feeds more relevant and, according to the site, have been on the cards for some time.

'News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper. You won't have to worry about missing important stuff. All your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top,' Mr Tonkelowitz said.

Those who log in regularly will see the most recent stories first, while those who log in less frequently will be greeted by a list of the top photos and statuses posted since their last visit.

A new Ticker has also been revealed, which allows updates to be shared in real time. The feature allows users to react to comments, photos and check ins without losing their place on the site.

Facebook maintains the new features ? and a number of other recent additions ? are nothing to do with the success being experienced by Google+.

Keith Schacht, Facebook product manager, told AFP: 'As Mark (Zuckerberg) put it, this is launching season. This is an update we have been working on a long time, unrelated to anything else.'

The Facebook changes coincide with the news that Google Plus is now open to everybody - no invitation required.

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