How to get Facebook's redesigned News Feed

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Facebook is launching redesign of its News Feed that clears the clutter and create a so-called "personalized newspaper."

The News Feed now features a clean look with large photos, and can be sorted by categories like: "All Friends," "Photos," Music" and "Following." The new design will give posts like places and third-party apps more prominence and bigger images. Videos and shared articles will also get a new look. Now, people tagged in a video or those who share an post will have a thumbnail appear on the left side.

Facebook says it will start rolling out the changes for the Web on Thursday, while mobile apps will start to see changes in the next few weeks.

So how do you get it?

There's a waiting list for users who want access to the updated News Feed as soon as possible. Sign up for the waiting list at: Facebook.com/about/newsfeed.

Some users have already been switched over to the new look, but Facebook is still testing the News Feed on a small group of people.

"We are rolling this out very slowly, starting with a small number of people. We'll be gathering feedback over the next few weeks, making improvements and then rolling it out more widely," a spokesperson for Facebook told CBS News in an email.

Facebook recently introduced a new feature called "Graph Search," which is a robust search engine that will run inside of the social network. Its last major change was the introduction to Timeline on Sept. 22, 2011. Although Facebook promised a quick rollout, it has yet to force all users to switch to the new look.

Facebook was launched in February 2004 from CEO Mark Zuckerberg's dorm room at Harvard University. The social network reports over 1 billion monthly active users as of December 2012.

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