After months of testing, Facebook?s redesign is finally official. Announced last
year at F8, the more minimalist approach to its desktop design has been rolled
out in waves. In March, the company added an option to try out the new version.
Users could switch back and leave feedback for why they had done so. This week,
the redesign becomes official (and until you get it, the option to update
manually is available, too).
Change is hard, especially when it comes to redesigning a popular website. Even
the best redesign still requires some rewiring of the user?s brain to adapt.
Simplicity is the thing here ? that?s a particularly big ask for a platform like
Facebook, which is constantly adding new venues for content. Having played
around with it in its earlier iteration, I can say that Facebook?s not afraid to
leave a blank canvas for this ?fresh, simpler? design. Videos, games and groups
are among those content types that will be prioritized here.
The redesign takes cues from the mobile app, designed to offer faster load times
and easier navigation (again, it will take getting used to). ?We?ve grown since
Facebook [https://crunchbase.com/organization/facebook].com launched 16 years
ago,? the company writes. ?We?ve built new features, optimized for new devices
and operating systems, and expanded to hundreds of languages. Recently we?d
focused on the mobile Facebook experience, and realized our desktop site had
fallen behind. People need it to keep up.?
The company says it?s still actively seeking user feedback. So you can voice
your inevitable dissatisfaction through the Settings menu. Facebook will
continue to tweak the design going forward, in a Sisyphean effort to please
everyone on the internet.
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