Facebook testing redesigned home page

You may be feeling a bit of déja vu from this headline; no, we're not talking about the Lite version of Facebook that was released recently, but instead, a redesign of the main page. The Next Web has received screenshots of the new page, showing the changes being made.

The redesigned news feed isn't much of a change from the one you'll see currently, but it's missing the Publisher box that users of the site will be accustomed with. As a replacement, you'll notice an alternating title and a new 'Update Status' button which brings up the aforementioned Publisher box when clicked. To add to the changes, there's a new 'Top News' link, which will show an overview of the top stories on your feed; when clicked again, this will change back to the 'Recent Stories' page that's the default.

The design is rather reminiscent of the Facebook Lite homepage, slimming things down, yet still showing more than the cut down version. As it seems, the new home page is being tested on select accounts, just like last time. We've included screenshots of the new page, courtesy of The Next Web.


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So what happened to the tabs, are they getting rid of them? I like to see an option for bold, italic and underline for the main publisher box.(not the comment boxes though) And code for a few more emoticons, with an option to disable them on your page for those that prefer traditional text emotes.

Every time they change things it breaks the FB Purity Greasemonkey addon. It annoys the crap out of me because I will be out living my life and checking my facebook profile free of garbage and then all of a sudden "LOL WHut Twilight char R u?!?" and I know I need to update my FB Purity addon. I don't want to see quizzes or your stupid bull**** spam apps. I just want to see what my friends are up to and the links they post to funny/interesting things. I don't install apps and I don't want to see them!

Before you know it they will revolutionize it to look just like "old Facebook" which millions of people have been asking for ever since they became fixated on solving problems that didn't exist.

What they need to do is leave the thing alone and find some other way to waste their time.

I disagree. The Facebook team keep improving it and improving it with each re-design. The Facebook from 2007 is awful in comparison to the latest re-design, in my opinion. There have also been a wealth of new features added since which wouldn't work with that previous design. I'm all for regular changes if they carry on improving things.

There are still a couple of minor things I would change though, like removing the redundant links in the header.

I see your thinking, but perhaps not - originally, you had to click into the textbox to type your status; now, instead of clicking into the textbox, you are clicking the button, which automatically puts the cursor in the textbox. Do you see what I'm saying? If that is the case, it is the same amount of steps (1) and everyone is happy Yay.

Calum said,
I see your thinking, but perhaps not - originally, you had to click into the textbox to type your status; now, instead of clicking into the textbox, you are clicking the button, which automatically puts the cursor in the textbox. Do you see what I'm saying? If that is the case, it is the same amount of steps (1) and everyone is happy Yay.


Ha, thats a good point. Something about the new way irks me. Maybe its something to do with that it's now a smaller clickable area. With the big text box I didn't have to look as much as I would to find a button.

I'm OCD i guess. :P

It doesn't make any sense. Why remove the Publisher box? That's not an improvement. Making me click "Update Status" before I can share anything is no improvement. Then, nothing else changed. ??

What they need to do is give us those per-post privacy settings in the Publisher box that they promised. They also need to return things to how it was where all you had to do was paste a link to get previews, instead of clicking "Attach"

STOP POINTLESSLY CHANGING THE FRONT PAGE ALREADY.

My god, they've actually -removed- stuff in this. Why not just give us the option of stuff like highlights, requests, suggestions, etc, instead of deciding for us? My god, Facebook is really giving me a headache. Every time they change it the site features get progressively WORSE and the site manages to get even buggier.

JUST LEAVE IT THE WAY IT IS. PLEASE.

It's totally unstable over here. I sometimes can't get chat to open up or it won't update my status or I'll post something to a wall from my phone and it won't show up on the pc for almost half an hour. It freezes, it will always put the Write a comment box under everything when I refresh the page. I have to refresh twice to get the normal look. Lots of issues with the current version.

We need an update that works, I couldn't care less right now about a design change.

+1 They need to work on fixing the bugs before they decide to change the layout. As for the new layout, there's no need for it. The current one is fine as it is.

Id like to see the 'suggestions' element moved lower. 99% of the time its someone i have no idea who it is or its some stupid fan page that i dont want to become a fan of.

They really need to start from scratch with a new codebase. Their current one is a mix of old and new, obviously hacked together somewhat, and buggy as hell.

If anything the photo gallery needs an update, navigation between photos is rarely smooth and a bump in resolution would be nice for those of us sharing pictures from non camera phones.

akav0id said,
Didn't they just have a redesign of the homepage (or 4). Facebook devs must be REALLY bored

You gotta stay busy to keep your job these days.

Why? I find them very useful. However, I admit it would be nicer if they moved them further down the page, underneath the events. The events and birthdays should be nearer the top, so you don't have to scroll to view them.

Calum said,
Why? I find them very useful. However, I admit it would be nicer if they moved them further down the page, underneath the events. The events and birthdays should be nearer the top, so you don't have to scroll to view them.

They get annoying. Like suggestions for applications.

Im still missing who became friend with somebody... Anyway, they didnt show spam of various quizes, MafiaWars promotinons and so on. It will be probably useless until they change this

So you now have to click on a button to do among the most things FB users do? :S

Was there really that much of a gain in reducing clutter by removing *that* text box?

I really don't like the new page. They removed the highlights section. And this morining and evening news thing? What the hell? And I really don't want a big deal made about every one of my friends who add people that I don't know as friends!

the worst part is that there is no way to opt out and go back to the old page... So I'm stuck with it on my account.

Urgh, I'm glad the highlights are gone. No more stalker photos or it being filled up by albums of the same night out. Can't wait for the new layout to be applied to my account.

MightyJordan said,
They should have increased the blur, because I can see pretty much every blurred item clearly on Sam McEwan's page! :P

+1

some people might not be happy.....most probably won't care though.....

Pajter said,
A bit of an improvement imo. :)

I think so too. It looks like they're moving "highlights" from the current Facebook back into the news feed ... where it ought to be. The "highlights" area is what's caused me to delete some folks on my Facebook simply because I didn't want to see their pictures all the time. Finally it's being removed. :)

I imagine they're hiding the publisher by default because a lot of people like to type in that box for replying to people ... lol.