No Facebook Redesign? Don't worry, it's coming

As Neowin reported earlier today, Facebook was expected to announce a site redesign at a press event held at its headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

At 10:30am PDT, the conference started and CEO Mark Zuckerberg started by informing us that Facebook has been in an employee “lockdown” for several weeks. What some people may have missed is that, he also stated there will be several new launches over the coming weeks; which includes a site redesign. The conference was streamed on Facebook Live and kept a steady average of 10,000 viewers throughout the talk.

The new features that were announced today: Download your information, a newly improved dashboard that integrates all the apps you've used and the final announcement that was said to be the solution to “the biggest problem in social networking,” an entirely revamped Groups feature.

It was reported that Facebook chat had been moved to the left hand side, which wasn’t a change that had yet been fully rolled out. Facebook Places and Groups, the newer features, currently differentiate their looks from Profile pages but this is soon going to change.

For those who use the newer features often, the graphical change won’t feel too drastic but will definitely be noticeable. There will also be minor tweaks in the interface to make everything come together as one.

You can watch a repeat of the talk here.

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Every time they "improve" Facebook, we sit through weeks of massively buggy code. I've had newly graduated programmers that produced more solid code than those clowns.

SoCalRox said,
Every time they "improve" Facebook, we sit through weeks of massively buggy code. I've had newly graduated programmers that produced more solid code than those clowns.

Did they plan and scale their features for half a billion users?

Considering the sheer scale of a site like Facebook it's surprising that there aren't a lot more problems associated with each update. Calling their coders "clowns" was a bit unnecessary, wasn't it?

Why do they feel the need to update it so often? Gets really annoying the way its constantly changing, they need to just pick one design and stick with it! What happened to "If it ain't broke don't fix it"....

J400uk said,
Why do they feel the need to update it so often? Gets really annoying the way its constantly changing, they need to just pick one design and stick with it! What happened to "If it ain't broke don't fix it"....

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," is a stupid saying if applied to a competitive market. Facebook need to stay innovative. Not only that, but gradual improvements help keep the product fresh.

All of these updates have been slowly amounting to a much improved and unified look; something I'm looking forward to experiencing.

J400uk said,
Why do they feel the need to update it so often? Gets really annoying the way its constantly changing, they need to just pick one design and stick with it! What happened to "If it ain't broke don't fix it"....

They need to redesign it as they update and improve its feature set. Rearrange layouts for new features, and take out stuff people didn't use often. Following that mantra, we'd be sitting here with the Facebook that only supported students...

It's called evolution.
If you had Facebook's original design then you'd remember how bad and inefficient it was.

All these updates and tweaks are what keeps Facebook fresh and (more importantly to the creator) alive.

TonyLock said,
No word on FB's biggest issue... BETTER PRIVACY?

What's wrong with their current, awesome privacy settings which allow a lot of choice? They even allow you to hide certain posts from certain friends or lists.

The only thing which annoys me about the current privacy settings is that they combine tagged photos and videos; I'd like to hide my tagged photos because I don't photograph well at all, but I'd much prefer to keep my tagged videos showing because I've been tagged in some funny videos.

TonyLock said,
No word on FB's biggest issue... BETTER PRIVACY?

Huh? That was precisely one of the words, and announced features, on the conference yesterday. Overhauled privacy controls to keep in touch with how you share information with applications, and what they make use of you, given your granted permissions.

Can you be more clear on what you're looking for? Facebook has granular privacy settings, and recently made it more clear what you're giving access to as well. You don't even need to provide your real mail address for apps wanting that one, but can choose a proxy mail address instead.

I'm in no hurry to see this new update. Especially since they always get worse which each new one.

xiphi said,
I'm in no hurry to see this new update. Especially since they always get worse which each new one.

Really? You think the tabs across the top of the profile is a better idea than options below the profile picture? (think home page, Places pages etc). I'm very annoyed all of my tabs aren't shown without the user needing to click two arrows (which most won't bother doing), so I'm very much looking forward to this upgrade.

How many times does it change in a year!

I believe in the last two years, we had the big redesign with the notifications moved to the top, then all the changing making profile pictures bigger in chat and notifications,then "Fans" into "Likes"... Too much change Can't it just be something smooth and simple like New Twitter that rolls out as a new preview first, and you can opt out.

TechDudeGeorge said,
How many times does it change in a year!

I believe in the last two years, we had the big redesign with the notifications moved to the top, then all the changing making profile pictures bigger in chat and notifications,then "Fans" into "Likes"... Too much change Can't it just be something smooth and simple like New Twitter that rolls out as a new preview first, and you can opt out.


I think gradual improvements are much better than keeping it stale for ages and then overhauling it. New things help keep it fresh. Not to mention these new improvements make it so much better and I'd rather have received the new home page at the time we did, than wait until they are ready to upgrade the profiles to that look (we received the new homepage much earlier this year, whereas they're only now (just about) ready to launch the redesigned profiles).

Back in the good old days of the internet sites would change design all the time! I realize that the internet was in a state of flux and developing rapidly, but that is the case with Facebook now. With eager minds and a desire to improve come many designs.

I remember one year, sometime between '96 and '98, Microsoft redesigned their website 3 times within a 6 month period. Each design was very different from the last, but incorporated the best parts that they learned.

Facebook chat changed for me today. Looks odd, but I guess it's the first step in the upgrade. Hope it looks good, the last re-design was a massive improvement over the crock that came before it.

what said,
Facebook chat changed for me today. Looks odd, but I guess it's the first step in the upgrade. Hope it looks good, the last re-design was a massive improvement over the crock that came before it.

Repost of my status on FB:

Why did facebook decide it was a good idea to remove time stamps from IM? The idea was to IMPROVE it, not delete perfectly good features. Grrrrr

vaximily said,

Repost of my status on FB:

Why did facebook decide it was a good idea to remove time stamps from IM? The idea was to IMPROVE it, not delete perfectly good features. Grrrrr

ya they removed the [x] on the top right part too >.>
now i have to minimize and close -.-

Seems like the change with the larger icons already been implemented. Mine is still on the right tho (FB Chat that is). No other changes yet.

The timestamps are still there, onmouseover. I complained too, but it took all of 5 seconds to figure out they were still there. =)

vaximily said,

Repost of my status on FB:

Why did facebook decide it was a good idea to remove time stamps from IM?

Yea, I'm wondering, too...
I'd love to not just download my stuff, but more interestingly the stuff of others, too, so it's like an eternal backup like when you save your emails because you feel like... "skimming through them in 15 years will give me funny feelings" or "better be safe"...

At least wall-to-walls should be in, so actually it would make sense if it's all of it.

Glassed Silver:win