Facebook rolling out new design to some users

Facebook is notorious for tweaking their layout on a regular basis. Back on December 19th, we got word that they were testing a new design and that it would go live in the coming weeks. Now, it seems that they have finalized the design. TechCrunch is reporting that the social networking giant has begun pushing the new site layout to some of its users.

The notable changes are as follows:

  • Search bar moved from the right to the left-center (next to Facebook logo)
  • Navigation bar has been simplified
  • Sidebar is scaled down (similar to Facebook Lite)
  • Duplicate link to profile is gone
  • Settings and login/logout have been combined into an "account" dropdown
  • Application bar is gone (bookmarked apps get listed on left sidebar)
  • Notifications are gone, replaced by a counter next to the application link in left sidebar

Many of these changes were expected and announced back in October at the Facebook Developer Garage. Users seem to be fairly pleased with the simpler design. The notifications change is a big deal, as it will prevent the never ending spam that users receive from application notifications. Overall, users are saying that the design is more streamlined and snappier.

Facebookers love to complain about redesigns, and this one probably won't be much different. If you've gotten the re-design, please let us know in the comments. Do you like it better than the previous layout?


Image Credit: GigaOm

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Ok so I got the new style... apart from the first few days when it flipped back and forth between the styles (which was incredibly annoying), I love the new style, so much easier to use. Have had it for about a month now, and then yesterday I log in and it's reverted back to the old style! What the hell FB, this is just getting stupid

I'm interested in those type of stories because sometimes I know the person they have become friends with and I can add them. Does that really annoy you? Is such a story hard to ignore for the sake of those who like it? There may still be a way to hide certain types of stories; I will have a hunt around and let you know

MulletRobZ said,
It's definitely cleaner, but then again, I use Facebook on my iPhone more than I do on a computer, LOL! :P

Did you honestly laugh out loud as you finished typing that?

So I have a question. It used to be that you could easily choose what stuff would appear in the "live feed". For example, I had unchecked wall posts so when I posted on someone else's wall that wouldn't appear in the feed. But now I can't find that option- does it still exist?

Facebook feels too cluttered, if they had only added an option to select just the functionality needed and leave out all the distractions.

I'm using Facebook Lite so doesn't really affect me but I do like the notificaionts feature; ****es people off when they get 50+ notifications from me. :P

Personally, I'd rather they didn't screw with it. New features are fine, but keep them within the same interface and design style you've been using. This constant change is incredibly annoying. It does remind me of myspace, and that's not a good thing.

Would be nice if you could configure a list of "read-only" friends for people you don't want posting stuff to your wall.

You can (although it means you have to inadvertently also make it so those friends can't view your Wall) You can create a 'Friend List' including those people you do not wish to post on your Wall, then go into the 'Privacy settings' page and exclude that friend list from being able to view 'Posts by me' and 'Posts by friends'

It's great to hear about more improvements coming and they have finally removed one of the redundant links in the navigation bar. This looks very nice, so I'm looking forward to receiving the update

I've thought that majority of the Facebook "re-designs" were actually a step backwards, but this looks to be a huge step forward. I hope mine gets upgraded soon!

Fish said,
Facebook Lite for me.

Facebook Lite is fantastic, in my opinion; however, I love a lot of aspects of each - the main site and Facebook Lite - which really annoys me because I'd like to use just one. I hate the fact there are no profile pictures on story comments on Facebook Lite, but love the 'breadcrumb' link bar at the top and the fact Wall posts you have submitted on others' profiles are shown, word-for-word, on your Wall.

Looking forward to getting this, but I always seem to be one of the last to get these updates.

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akav0id said,
Didn't they JUST have a redisgn. I mean, at least stick with a design ~12 months

Why wait 12 months to try to improve when you could do it as soon as possible? The obvious answer is "people are used to it", but if you look at that screenshot compared with the current version very little has actually changed but is a lot better organised imo... people always come around to these changes.

If Facebook kept the same design all the time they wouldn't be were they are today, the design changes are normally to make way for new (or highlight existing) features.

I'm not really bothered about a new design, that's totally irrelevant. The only thing that is important is being offered total 100% privacy as a default.

Well, I don't see how it matter to much, but I'm sure people will be all upset.

I use this skin here: (http://userstyles.org/styles/10335) with the stylish add-on to Firefox to redesign facebook anyways, it rounds all corners, redesigns it a bit and best of all removes all the ads. I'll probably just edit the script a bit when the new design comes out or wait for the author to update it.

There are lots of good styles out there for facebook, so search around if you want something different. I've also got a greasemonky plugin that removes all applications from my news feed and from other peoples profiles, and another that turns all emoticons into their respective smiley faces.

Godbless

I'd just be happy if the News Feed would show news in the correct order (newest on top) and not in some random order it invents on the fly. :)

Oh and merge Live Feed and News Feed back into one... what exactly is the difference anyway?

I've yet to meet anyone who even likes that setup. It's just confusing, and by the time you see someones status it's usually irrelevant by then.

TCLN Ryster said,
I'd just be happy if the News Feed would show news in the correct order (newest on top) and not in some random order it invents on the fly. :)

Oh and merge Live Feed and News Feed back into one... what exactly is the difference anyway?


One is a live feed (showing you stories as they happen); the other is a feed of 'highlights' or popular stories. The 'Live Feed' has stories in order of when they happen; the latest appear at the top.

Yeah I've got this new design, but some days I have it, then next time I log on I don't.

It's quite nice, but nothing special (in my opinion).

Please please please remove the news/live feed!
There's no need to have the information divided into two walls!

They're two different ways of viewing information. One shows what's been recently popular amongst your friends, one is a live feed of everything that happens.

Frankly, I love having both, and both of you saying it should be removed just because *you* don't use it is pretty damn selfish.

djstar8 said,
Yes this all needs to be one again two bars for same **** its stupid.. and wasted space and annoying

Except they are not the same... one is a live feed (showing you stories as they happen); the other is a feed of 'highlights' or popular stories.

it's still confusing to me... but i just got used to checking them both.. i'm not against it, i don't get it.. i know the difference, but not the need for them.

GetUsed2It said,
it's still confusing to me... but i just got used to checking them both.. i'm not against it, i don't get it.. i know the difference, but not the need for them.

The 'News Feed' section is very similar to the 'Highlights' section, which was displayed in the right sidebar of the previous design. I think it does make sense to have both - the 'Live Feed' is always useful, but you may well miss something prominent in the 'Live Feed' (if you do not access Facebook for a few hours or more); because of this, the 'News Feed' is helpful because it displays a few prominent posts or 'Highlights' which you may have missed I find it extremely useful, mainly for that reason. The main confusion surrounds the name 'News Feed', but if you think about it, it makes sense to call it that because it's a round up of the latest stories.

Keep both for all I care but remember which one I have set to view. I'm sick of it changing every other time I get on a computer to view the site.

Smigit said,
Keep both for all I care but remember which one I have set to view. I'm sick of it changing every other time I get on a computer to view the site.

I agree - that aspect of it really does annoy me.

peterish said,
It seems there's an article about a new facebook layout every 2 or 3 weeks or so.

Yeah, they change a lot.

Not to sound like this isn't nice and all, but Facebook seems to have a new change every month... Why can't they just do it about once a year or so? It seems like we make a big deal about oh we moved the search bar... ohh this layout margin is 2px larger now! ooh the color was toned down 1%... added more annoying applications for your viewing annoyment... I don't know, I think sometimes Facebook overdoes it and it was a much better site when it was College only...

Not if their site keeps going offline or locking me out for "maintenance". Facebook makes MySpace look good as far as stability goes.

It was down earlier. Now it won't let me update my status. Just errors out. I swear it never ends!

Yeah it was about time that they get rid of those notifications....and definitely since I'm a no-application-allowed-in-my-profile guy i love the simpler new design.

It is amazing... I think you guys are doing a wonderful job facebook the first layout was the best to me and did not need changing .. Still needs abit of UI or design change or customization opitons like Myspace but all in all it looks good :)!