Facebook expected to announce redesign later today

Facebook is due to hold a press event at its headquarters in Palo Alto, California, later today.

Many blogs and tech sites have been trying to guess what Facebook may announce. However, it now appears, quite literally, that Facebook will announce a redesign for the social network. TechCrunch report that they have confirmed with a source that this will be purpose of the announcement.

At least one area of the Facebook website has already been tweaked. It is being reported that Chat, for some people, has moved to the bottom left of the window rather than the right and that it will feature larger user images than the current version of chat.

Whilst Chat has not moved to the left for me yet, it has now got larger pictures.

TechCrunch understand that the redesigned Facebook will look similar to the Facebook Places pages. Facebook Places pages have the navigation and information under the page's display picture and no tabs across the top. If the redesign follows this design it will mean that the tabs currently found at the top of a user’s Profile page and a user's app will be moved below the user’s profile picture. There will no doubt be many other tweaks across the site if this proves to be correct.

It is thought that for the past two months, Facebook has been in “lockdown” to pull off this redesign. The “lockdown” sounds like a way to accelerate the employees by encouraging and firing them up to work around the clock. There is even a Facebook Group for the lockdown set up by Mark Zuckerburg himself.

In the past there has been much resistance to radical Facebook changes which is why over the past few months the company has only made small incremental updates and tweaks. It remains to be seen what reaction will meet this new redesign.

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As someone who just recently started using the F word, and without having years of habits that have had to change, from a fresh perspective I can say Facebook is HORRIBLY designed, lol. One of the worst websites I've ever navigated--and not just because clicking 'Friends' on the home page takes you to a page with NO access to your Friends list (yayyy intuitive...?).

The only time I've ever seen Facebook presented in a way that made sense and felt natural was the new Windows Live Messenger. Weird, huh?

It's funny to see more comments from people mocking the "we hate change" people than there are complaints about the change. As usual the mockers fail to see the whole point which is that Facebook is constantly fixing what was never broken in the first place. It's pointless busywork to keep their staff employed and it offers no benefit to the end user. That's why there is a legitimate reason to hate Facebook's regularly scheduled screwup. Change is inevitable but it's not always a positive thing. And when you can't offer any benefits for the change other than pointless busywork then who are you trying to kid?

If Facebook wants to "change" or "redesign" how about fixing the real problems? Chat has never worked properly, maybe start there. I guess when they find a way to sell advertising in Chat it will become a priority.

I don't care much, I am waiting till the end of october, then I will close my facebook, I got fedup with all the stupid apps that are on it, and all those "friends" who keep posting useless posts......

ramik said,
I don't care much, I am waiting till the end of october, then I will close my facebook, I got fedup with all the stupid apps that are on it, and all those "friends" who keep posting useless posts......

So why are you waiting till the end of October? Or are you trolling?

I was hoping that the press conference was to announce that FB is being shutdown for being a giant POS.

I am dissapoint.

I was talking to my mate the other day about how I expect Facebook to update user profiles, Pages and Groups to follow the same style as the Events pages and Places pages. I'm really glad to hear this is what people are speculating about, especially now I have added a few more tabs and there isn't room for them to be displayed all of the time.

I'm also really bored of the current design - how the friends list is displayed on profiles, along with the likes box. If friends and likes are displayed in the same way attendies to Events are displayed, I think this would be much better.

I really look forward to seeing a new design and hope that is what this announcement is about, along with possibly a big new feature (I reckon they'll be announcing something more than just a redesign if they've held an event for it).

Don't they learn?

People dislike the change! For sure, I'm not one of them, I welcome a change if it's going to be good but in this case, a lot of users have only just settling down with it again.

Bring on the trillions of groups against this..

If it resembles the Places page I'll be satisfied. One of my biggest hates about Facebook is how unnecessarily large the fonts are.

Mike Brown said,
If it resembles the Places page I'll be satisfied. One of my biggest hates about Facebook is how unnecessarily large the fonts are.

That's my biggest gripe too and the fact we can't have all of our tabs showing at once; hopefully Facebook placing these below the profile picture will eliminate this problem (as long as one has a reasonable amount of tabs, of course).

I hope the app bar comes back, or something like it.
It's a PITA to move between your profile/feeds/apps without it

ThomMcK said,
I hope the app bar comes back, or something like it.
It's a PITA to move between your profile/feeds/apps without it

I actually liked that too now that you mention it.

I wish they would go back to being able to select status updates, pictures so on. Like i can on the facebook app on my iPhone. I can filter all the crap out of the main feed.

Gothic_Rebel said,
I wish they would go back to being able to select status updates, pictures so on. Like i can on the facebook app on my iPhone. I can filter all the crap out of the main feed.

you can on the main site, to get status updates, click the "friends" menu on the left under your picture. and photos are there too, its been there since 2 updates ago

Gothic_Rebel said,
I wish they would go back to being able to select status updates, pictures so on. Like i can on the facebook app on my iPhone. I can filter all the crap out of the main feed.

Yeah, you can do this. Look at the applications down the left side of the homepage - Photos is there. I'm not sure about status updates though.

APAstyle said,

you can on the main site, to get status updates, click the "friends" menu on the left under your picture. and photos are there too, its been there since 2 updates ago


Ahhhh HA! ....Thank you!

Tom W said,
OMGWTF I am gonna create a Facebook Group to protest!!!11!oneone

starting polls now!! change is bad becuz i dun wanna learn new stuf!!

I can't see this going down very well with users. Many people are incompetent of change. Just remember how many people went crazy when they changed the "Become a fan" to "Like".

Purify said,
I can't see this going down very well with users. Many people are incompetent of change. Just remember how many people went crazy when they changed the "Become a fan" to "Like".

Cue "WE WANT THE OLD FACEBOOK BACK" groups all over the place.

Oo, change, it's such a terrible thing...