The new face of Facebook
24 July, 2008 1 Comment
Facebook have launched a new design which should be going live for everyone in the near future. If you’re not seeing it and are keen to have a look, try visiting www.new.facebook.com which should switch the site over for you. Note however, there may be some browser dependancy issues here, as trying that with a friend on IE6 today didn’t work, but for me with Firefox 3 it did.
If that doesn’t work for you, click through for a couple of screenshot comparisons…
First up the “Home” page,
As you can see above this page has moved to a wider two column format, making better use of the browser real estate with the search box integrated into the top menu bar. Not a huge change, but a good one.
Next your “Profile” page,
Again, better use has been made of the available real estate with tabs along the top of the page separating out and providing cleaner access to your feed/wall, personal info, photos and boxes (apps). The effect of this (and what you can’t see above) is that your profile page will now be significantly shorter due to a cleanup of the apps with a big reduction in the emphasis (or domination even) that they used to have on a users profile. There is also a whole new way of managing your apps, but I’ll let you figure that one out! The tabs are also customisable in that you can add an application tab to the list.
I think the new layout here is much better, however, the new mini-feed is now lacking extra detail on each item making it less user friendly than its predecessor. For example, the old mini-feed not only told you I wrote a new WordPress blog post, but it also told you the title of that post making it easier up front for you to decide whether you wanted to read that post or not. Hopefully there is a setting somewhere to tweak this back to the old style of providing more info.
Lastly, the “Freinds” page.
Again better use of space is made and while the friend related links have swapped sides, not much else is new here.
So there you go. A quick peek at the new Facebook design which I must say I am liking more than the old one. Kudos Facebook. A job well done in my opinion.