Just when Facebook users get used to a new interface, engineers at the social network press the redesign button. Once again, Facebook has made changes it says will make navigating easier.
For the last several months, Facebook has been testing changes to the navigation tools, and on Friday it began rolling out the changes to some of its 350 million users, according to Facebook engineer Jing Chen.
"We've simplified the home page to make it easier for people to find what they're looking for on Facebook," said Meredith Chin, a Facebook spokesperson.
The New Interface
Rather than a flashy redesign, users should look for changes on their top and side menus.
Requests for causes, friends and invitations are now in a menu on the top of the Facebook page. Rather than a red bubble on the bottom right corner notifying users that someone has tagged them in a photo or has written on their wall, the bubble will appear in the left-hand top corner near the search bar.
Another navigation change includes the ability to access messages and other features in one place. This will now be located to the left of a user's news feed.
The redesign is a bad choice, according to a slew of negative responses from users who don't like the changes.
"You really need to give people the choice to use this new one or not," said Facebook user Jenna Bramlett. "I have spent a lot of time organizing my friends into groups. You have now ruined all that work and all of my friends will be lopped into one freaking group. Other web sites like MySpace and LiveJournal give us the choice."
While some aren't happy about the changes, users who engage in the applications found on Facebook such as Farmville, Mafia Wars, and Pet Society may be happier now that Facebook has added applications and games dashboards. The dashboards will be accessible through the applications and games links on the home page.
An upcoming change will be the ability to bookmark an application in order to have "one-click" access. Users will also begin to notice counters next to bookmarked applications. The counters will flag a user when he or she needs to make a specific move so as to never miss a turn in a game or miss an update from a friend in an application.
Alongside the applications will be news items with updates on actions taken, such as "Arthur just added pigs to his farm" in Farmville or "Alex just beat your score" in Bejeweled Blitz.
"We think sharing information about the applications you use enriches the shared experience between you and your friends," Chen said. "At the same time, we feel strongly that control is an important element of any information sharing on Facebook."
Keeping its promise to be more in tune with users' privacy, Facebook said it's launching the new features with privacy settings.
Users who do not want others to know about their activity on applications must change their privacy settings. Yet to come is a feature that will allow users to turn off activity for some applications while leaving it on for others, according to Facebook.
Posted: 2010-02-09 @ 8:36am PT
I think it's a very bad move. You already had one click application bookmarks. All you have done is move them from the bottom to the left side of the page. Like most people, I don't care who just bought a sheep on farmville. and I block applications sending hearts and farts and everything else under the sun that clog up my pages. I think your only concern is for the 2 inch swath you created down both sides of the screen.
I anticipate you plan to fill that room with advertisements.
I hope you use better judgment with regard to the types of ads you run than you have used in the past. I have two kids and if your ads get any more sexually oriented in nature, I will be shutting all 4 of my families accounts down.