Facebook begins rollout of new design

As Neowin reported back in January, Facebook was testing their new design with a selected group of users.  Today, Facebook has begun rolling out their new design to all 350 million users.  The changes bring a new design to the end user, re-arranging their original layout and adding new features on the main news feed.

One improvement to the layout is the positioning of the new requests, messages and notifications from friends.  Positioned right beside the logo and in between the new position of the search box.  Facebook also moved the home, profile and account tabs, giving users a new account information drop down box for quick and easy access to your settings.

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Facebook also added minor adjustments to the news feed, messages, events, photos and more on the left sidebar.  Your games and applications have been moved from the bottom taskbar to your sidebar for quick and easy access.  A quick online user list is also positioned on the left sidebar, for quick access to chat to.

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Your reminders for birthdays and events have been readjusted onto the right sidebar, along with suggestions and requests.  Pop-up notifications now appear on the left hand side of Facebook instead of on the right.  One of the bigger changes is to the taskbar which has almost been completely eliminated from the design, now only functioning as your personal chats.

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Quite odd that it's not done yet ... I mean ... I guess they run a lot of servers ... but talk about a messy change over! You don't see this with any of my sites! When there's a new design, everyone see's it :P lol

Been on the new new since yesterday. Would be easier to use but currently (as always seems to be the case when the developers give the site a refresh) the live news is all over the place... giving me updates from days ago and passing them off as todays news etc etc

Still not on the new one yet....

I have to laugh some people already have groups made "WE WANT OUT FACEBOOK BACK!!!!"

Wow I am not getting it either clearly .. I love Gui changes and all my friends who are not computer people like as hardcore are getting it before me wtf is the deal clearly anyone who bitches about it should not get it as fast and those that like **** like this ahm myself should get it sooner then later.

Katie Seja said,
HATE IT! i want the old layout back

Did you also say that when they released the previous design? :)

Still with the old one. But I have been having problems sending long private messages since yesterday. Anything longer than around 800 - 1000 characters has to be split in to two messages.

ehh. I use http://lite.facebook.com anyway. Dont care for all the extra addons that the regular site comes with...

Ok, they frequently change their design but it always looks almost the same anyway, they should allow us to have at least some simple themes to choose from, like twitter does...

owziee said,
Ok, they frequently change their design but it always looks almost the same anyway, they should allow us to have at least some simple themes to choose from, like twitter does...

The idea was functionality, not look.

Though, seeing some simple layout modifications would be nice. Just no custom crap though.

Here's a tip for Facebook: If it isn't broken, don't fix it. So get to work on your piece of crap chat program and leave the **** design alone.

C_Guy said,
Here's a tip for Facebook: If it isn't broken, don't fix it. So get to work on your piece of crap chat program and leave the **** design alone.

Windows 3.1 wasn't broke.....guess Microsoft should have just left that who needs windows 7 ect.......

C_Guy said,
Here's a tip for Facebook: If it isn't broken, don't fix it. So get to work on your piece of crap chat program and leave the **** design alone.

I agree they need to fix the issues in Facebook Chat, but that is a completely different factor - that is something which is broken... well, probably not broken; it's most likely that they don't yet have enough servers to cope with the load... either way, you're confusing the concept of 'fixing' something with the concept of 'improving' something - those are two different concepts. Facebook worked, it now just works more efficiently and is more of a pleasure to use because the developers/designers improved on what worked.

Edited by Calum, Feb 5 2010, 9:36pm :

great...now fix your damn messenger facebook. It's the worst piece of software I think I have ever used. Every couple second today it would make my speakers pop and it would revert to having the page selected instead of the typic box. Not to mention the poor performance, it saying people are offline when they aren't, ect.

MR_Candyman said,
great...now fix your damn messenger facebook. It's the worst piece of software I think I have ever used. Every couple second today it would make my speakers pop and it would revert to having the page selected instead of the typic box. Not to mention the poor performance, it saying people are offline when they aren't, ect.

The pop requires QuickTime. If you don't use that piece of garbage, then you're good to go.

MR_Candyman said,
great...now fix your damn messenger facebook. It's the worst piece of software I think I have ever used. Every couple second today it would make my speakers pop and it would revert to having the page selected instead of the typic box. Not to mention the poor performance, it saying people are offline when they aren't, ect.

That POS locks up FireFox like crazy (dont use IE so not sure bout that)... really makes sexting more than one old grade school girlfriend frustrating... :P

Edited by jontech109, Feb 5 2010, 2:31pm : for got to reply

nice, now the notifications can be open at the same time as the chat...

the whole thing looks abit fresher and modern now, having the toolbar across the bottom was abit stuffy and outdated

I seemed to be one of the lucky "test" users since I've had my design for about 2 weeks now. Ah well, I like it.

I just got it a couple hours ago, looks really cool. I'm a fan of it. Now if only they blocked all those fake groups offering FarmVille or Facebook features only if they invite everyone.

mrp04 said,
again?

Why not? If it makes sense to improve things, what's wrong with improving them? This re-design removes 2 redundant links in the header which really annoyed me and rearranges things in a much more logical manner.

There has always been a option to do that. Just click block.

schiz-o-phren-ic said,
Will it have an option to block all that Farmville/MafiaWars spam? lol man those are so annoying...

schiz-o-phren-ic said,
Will it have an option to block all that Farmville/MafiaWars spam? lol man those are so annoying...

You can already block applications and hide them from showing in your news feed. To hide an application, hover over a story relating to it in your news feed and click 'Hide'

schiz-o-phren-ic said,
Will it have an option to block all that Farmville/MafiaWars spam? lol man those are so annoying...

You've been able to do that for ages. There's also a greasemonkey script called Facebook Purity, you can try that.

haha, thanks fellas. can you tell i dont use it much? i'll check it out.

Edit: Holy crap. so much more pleasant to the eye now. thanks for the heads up again fellas.

Edited by SimplySchizo, Feb 6 2010, 1:44am :

limeares said,
Like it! Hope this is the 'final version' of Facebook.

Just like Neowin, I hope Facebook continues to evolve.

ObiWanToby said,
I am waiting for the "I want the old facebook design back" craze.

ahaha ... and then "change back to old facebook by joining this group and installing firefox and a bunch of scripts, oh and invite everyone before it will work"

timster said,

ahaha ... and then "change back to old facebook by joining this group and installing firefox and a bunch of scripts, oh and invite everyone before it will work"

It never failed to amuse me when people joins or become a fan of those things and hope it will really work or being realized.

ObiWanToby said,
I am waiting for the "I want the old facebook design back" craze.

No need to wait, it's been going strong ever since FB screwed up their first re-design.

em_te said,
The template's looking more and more like MySpace.

In what ways does it look like MySpace, other than the fact there is prominent blue? :S

em_te said,
The template's looking more and more like MySpace.

Or maybe, if you haven't noticed, MySpace is looking more and more like Facebook? Yeah? Did you even see the bar at the bottom of MySpace now? I wonder where they got the idea for that.

LiquidSolstice said,
Or maybe, if you haven't noticed, MySpace is looking more and more like Facebook? Yeah? Did you even see the bar at the bottom of MySpace now? I wonder where they got the idea for that.
+1

Edited by Chris4, Feb 6 2010, 1:27am :

jordan. said,
Facebook should win an award for the most frequently redesigned website.

They should also win a award for ****ing off the user base the most because they change everything and don't bother to ask to user base for feedback.

RawGutts said,

They should also win a award for ****ing off the user base the most because they change everything and don't bother to ask to user base for feedback.


how do YOU know they dont ask a cpl of 1000 users ? do you work for them? of COURSE they test it on a selected group of average users. its how companies this large work. Jeez!!

RawGutts said,

They should also win a award for ****ing off the user base the most because they change everything and don't bother to ask to user base for feedback.


Ah, so that link which appeared in the top bar for a few months after the first major redesign, titled "Send Feedback", didn't actually allow you to send feedback to Facebook, despite opening a form for the user to fill in a title and message as lengthy as they wished and a subsequent message appearing stating "Thank you for your feedback"? My gosh, that's very misleading...

Calum said,

Ah, so that link which appeared in the top bar for a few months after the first major redesign, titled "Send Feedback", didn't actually allow you to send feedback to Facebook, despite opening a form for the user to fill in a title and message as lengthy as they wished and a subsequent message appearing stating "Thank you for your feedback"? My gosh, that's very misleading...

Not everyone gets that feedback post from them, and if they only polled a couple 1000 users out of 350 million active users then they have a serious issue.

RawGutts said,

Not everyone gets that feedback post from them, and if they only polled a couple 1000 users out of 350 million active users then they have a serious issue.


I didn't say they asked 1000 people only. That 'Send Feedback' link appeared for everybody and I know for sure it appeared for everybody - I follow the changes of Facebook carefully and have RSS feeds for the official Facebook blog as well as other blogs to do with Facebook news, simply because I like to hear about future changes as soon as there is news. I know for sure that 'Send Feedback' link was shown to every user.

jordan. said,
Facebook should win an award for the most frequently redesigned website.

just if they give an option for users to choose which design they want :)

Joey H said,
Is it me, or does that look somewhat similar to the default template in Drupal?

Drupal doesn't exactly have a patent on light blue square interfaces, as much as they make it seem so.

LiquidSolstice said,

Drupal doesn't exactly have a patent on light blue square interfaces, as much as they make it seem so.

No, I meant with the position of the side menu, the position of the Home/Profile/Account links, and that box above the main content that is lighter than the rest of the background.

Xilo said,
When is this actually going to be "rolled out" for everyone? Still have old layout here.

It appears to be going out right now. Some people have had it for several hours, while I only received it about 20 minutes ago. I'm not sure how long it's going to take overall though.

I'm not sure of how the order works, I assume it's based on the server you are connected to. As someone down the road from me got it hours ago, while i only got it an hour ago. So it's not region based.

Andrew Lyle said,
I'm not sure of how the order works, I assume it's based on the server you are connected to. As someone down the road from me got it hours ago, while i only got it an hour ago. So it's not region based.

I can also imagine it's depending on regions and language settings. I know one former design that cleaned up things took weeks to reach us, when it had been in the US for a pretty long time.

Edited by Northgrove, Feb 5 2010, 9:49am : spelling