Facebook testing new homepage design

It has been revealed that Facebook are once again testing a new homepage design which makes many of the page's elements stationary, while making the news feed scrollable. This in turns allows the user to scroll through a long news feed while still having navigation easily available.

As mentioned on Inside Facebook, the look and feel of Facebook will remain largely the same, which may be a relief to some who have found it hard to adapt to previous UI changes to the social network. However the changes do make it easier for the user to navigate around the site given that at the moment, if you have a lengthy news feed, you'll have to scroll all the way to the top to change to another option.  In some sense, the design is similar to sites like Twitter which merge design of scrolling items and stationary ones.

The benefits of this change won't just be a positive for the computer user though, it may well bring greater success to businesses who pay Facebook in order to gain advertising space. The advertising on the new design will essentially be on the page most of the time, if not all, which in turn could make advertising on Facebook a more lucrative business. But developers will also benefit too, the fact that their applications would stay on screen towards the left means, once again, more screen time for them.

Facebook haven't released a new iteration of their website for quite some time now, so it is not surprising that they are currently testing a change that we could soon see on our screens. What is surprising though is that the change hasn't meant a significant shift in the way the social network feels to users, perhaps they are taking feedback from users onboard?

Image Source: insidefacebook.com

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Change? as I always have learned, if it ain't broke.. don't fix it. I would enjoy a setup whereby I can set the page up to my tastes. Slot of the cruft that is displayed makes no difference to me whatsoever

I like the idea of this change. Though I already have a change I'm not exactly liking. On the right side it is a rundown of who is playing what games, etc. Which is a nice idea, but it removed the little links that used to be there for "games". I used that when accepting gifts and then if the game didn't allow me to return to the list of gifts to accept, I could use that "games" link, now I have to use the back button. Its not a big deal, but a tad annoying.

I liked the previous layout changes, but I hate this trend in making some columns scroll while others are static. This will be worse than Twitter and Gizmodo.

the messages page already use this 'scrolling' effect

its all nice and good, until you are using a screen resolution which doesnt have enough vertical real estate to display everything at once.... if there are things off the bottom of the screen, you'll need to scroll down to see them... but if the things dont actually scroll ...

carmatic said,
the messages page already use this 'scrolling' effect

its all nice and good, until you are using a screen resolution which doesnt have enough vertical real estate to display everything at once.... if there are things off the bottom of the screen, you'll need to scroll down to see them... but if the things dont actually scroll ...

fair point, suddenly think about my laptop ;(

This is actually insanely easy to code, you just need to make #blueBar fixed at the top and maybe add some padding to the top of the content...

Eugene C said,
This is actually insanely easy to code, you just need to make #blueBar fixed at the top and maybe add some padding to the top of the content...

It isn't hard to code, no. But they have to test the change before they make it official.

Don't worry, EVERYONE will whine about the change. Everyone whines every time Facebook makes any change. It's really getting old.

They need to spend more efforts on improving their security and privacy settings rather than small UI improvements that the news sites then blow out of proportion... ooh, now only your news feed scrolls and the rest is static... how ground-breaking... give me a break!

Obry said,
They need to spend more efforts on improving their security and privacy settings rather than small UI improvements that the news sites then blow out of proportion... ooh, now only your news feed scrolls and the rest is static... how ground-breaking... give me a break!

This!

I got the change about a week ago, I was wondering what was going on. My News feed and my currrent feed have merged, and now there is a live feed to the right. I like it for the most part, but I still want to be able to put the pictuers that I want on the goddamn profile page, and there is no direct link to my video. You have to go to pictues first, that's stupid.

This is possible in Chrome via an extension... "Minimalist for Facebook": it lets you put the sidebar, navigation, and toolbar on 'floating' mode, so that the only thing that scrolls is the news feed.

_DP said,
1000 "GIVE US THE OLD FACEBOOK" groups formed in... 3... 2... 1...

exactly what i was thinking lol all made by females with no eye for aesthetic design or content display

Digitalx said,

exactly what i was thinking lol all made by females with no eye for aesthetic design or content display

So all made by females.

The new messaging system sucks UI wise. They need to focus on improving that! I also hate the fact that they group EVERYTHING including chats into a single conversation.

Right now when I go to FB I only have to put up with the "ad's" for a few moments, until i start scrolling down, then they are gone. What this means is that the ad's will now follow me as I scroll, what are we GeoCities....come on.

TechGuyPA said,
Right now when I go to FB I only have to put up with the "ad's" for a few moments, until i start scrolling down, then they are gone. What this means is that the ad's will now follow me as I scroll, what are we GeoCities....come on.

+1000
I hate add's

windows95isg8 said,

+1000
I hate add's

i don't see any ads on facebook. but then again i got the best ad-blocker out there which is.... AD-Muncher. (although i am sure adblock for Firefox works well or you can use use a HOSTS file (i.e. http://goo.gl/xtCdi ) to block adds in basically all browsers)

It seems like theres several variations of this design - I have something similar where my news feed is as in the screenshot but I also have the chat-"bar" always visible with no possibility to log out. (I'm sure that's a bug, there is a settings-button there, nothing happens when I click it...)

It looks absolutely horrible.

davelough said,
of course it looks the same... how can they screen shot scrolling on the page?

The top of the News Feed is clearly visible, and one can clearly see that it has been scrolled, despite all of the navigation elements looking as though the page is scrolled to the top

Shaun said,
Screenshot looks about the same

Because it pretty much is the same. There's no visual differences; just that when you scroll down the news feed now, everything else stays where it is, which is a nice convenience.

MightyJordan said,

Because it pretty much is the same. There's no visual differences; just that when you scroll down the news feed now, everything else stays where it is, which is a nice convenience.

yes it is

MightyJordan said,

Because it pretty much is the same. There's no visual differences; just that when you scroll down the news feed now, everything else stays where it is, which is a nice convenience.

Looks like there's a list of "recent likes" on the right-hand side too.

MightyJordan said,

Because it pretty much is the same. There's no visual differences; just that when you scroll down the news feed now, everything else stays where it is, which is a nice convenience.

Like using frames?
I don't like that

Shaun said,
Screenshot looks about the same

Did you read the article? The top of the News Feed is clearly visible, and one can clearly see that it has been scrolled, despite all of the navigation elements looking as though the page is scrolled to the top.

MightyJordan said,

Because it pretty much is the same. There's no visual differences; just that when you scroll down the news feed now, everything else stays where it is, which is a nice convenience.
+1

Coolaaron88 said,
The more things change, the more they stay the same

Yet people still cry about it. Can't wait for all the groups titled "Bring the old facebook back!"

Vveazel said,

Yet people still cry about it. Can't wait for all the groups titled "Bring the old facebook back!"

It will take like 2 lines of basic userscript styling to fix it