If you've logged into your Facebook account recently, you'll see there have been big changes to the social networking site – and if there were the option, not many people would 'like' them.

The new homepage incorporates a 'Top Stories' feature, a smaller news ticker up the right-hand side of the page listing the most recent updates, together with the panel that shows which friends are online.

The 'busy' design is not winning over many fans. Typical status updates over the last few hours have included "I really don't care for this new Facebook set up", "I don't like it, too much info on screen", and "Make it stop! Please God make it stop!"

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It is apparently only the first of a few changes to Facebook this week, which will be added in advance of the company's F8 conference on Tuesday.

According to reports, users will have far more options besides 'like', including 'read', 'watched', and 'listened'.

Facebook engineer Mark Tonkelowitz today wrote on the company's blog: "Starting today, it will be easier to keep up with the people in your life no matter how frequently or infrequently you're on Facebook."

He added: "When you pick up a newspaper after not reading it for a week, the front page quickly clues you into the most interesting stories. In the past, News Feed hasn't worked like that.  Updates slide down in chronological order so it's tough to zero in on what matters most.  Now, News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper. You won't have to worry about missing important stuff."

However, Facebook has not explained how it chooses top stories for each individual.

The changes come as Facebook's newest competitor, Google+, opened its previously 'invitation only' social networking service to the public.