If you look at the HubPages homepage while you’re signed in, you’ll notice quite a change: we’ve moved to a Feed-centric layout (you’ll also notice that the Feed is no longer visible in the header), and made some simplifications to the interface. Kudos to Fawntia who built this great new feature, and James who designed it.
What the Feed’s inclusion in the homepage does is bring the types of site activities by Hubbers you follow or in topics you follow to the fore. For those unfamiliar with the Feed, poke around a little bit. You’ll see new Hubs that might interest you (and you’ll be able to easily preview them and comment on them), status updates from those Hubbers you follow, Questions you’re following, and forum threads you’re following or participating in. You’ll also be able to easily enter in status updates for yourself (visible by your followers), and ask a new Question or start a new forum thread.
If you’d like to make changes to your Feed, you can easily do that by editing the filters. And if you see a Feed item (or story, in Facebook parlance) that you don’t like, just hover your mouse to the upper right of it, and a drop-down menu will appear allowing you to hide it or stories like it. You can also click the [b]Share[/b] button below a story to share it with your followers (who wouldn’t necessarily see that same story otherwise). With some filtering, selective following, and hiding, the Feed can become a useful, fun way of interacting with the Hubbers and types of HubPages content you like.