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Did Facebook get it right this time?

A few weeks back, I wrote about how Facebook was launching a new “social inbox” feature. At that time, I was a little annoyed with Facebook, since it seemed like they were trying to take the place of my beloved Google. Although that has not launched yet, Facebook has come out with some other new changes.

On Sunday’s 60 Minutes, CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the newest layouts for Facebook profiles. The new layouts have personal information at the top of the screen, instead of on an info page. They also have while also having a similar look to the new group pages. Group pages have advanced in that now you can upload docs, have group chats, and give out mailing-list style notifications. This is great for organizations of large sizes that need a place to talk and ask questions that no one else can see.

These new changes lead me to think, could Facebook be making big changes for the better?

Usually when Facebook unveils a new look, you get hundreds of thousands of people who take to the internet to complain about it. They think the new layout is confusing, or they feel the changes are unnecessary. There are even sites the usually help you switch back to an old layout. But these new changes make me like Facebook more. I like that there is an information bar at the top that tells people who you are and what you do. It’s up to you how much or how little to put there, so no one can complain about their privacy being invaded. There is also a bar underneath the information bar with your most recent tagged photos. This can show all of your friends what you have been up to, and what is new in your life (don’t worry, you can still make your pictures private if you want to).  Overall, I feel the new look is growing with the times, showing what is important to people in prominent places on the site.

What do you think of the new Facebook profiles? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

Photo courtesy of Mashable.

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5 thoughts on “Did Facebook get it right this time?

  1. I LIKE the new Facebook profile. (Pun intended) Like any change, you have to play around to get used to it, but once that is done, it is actually easier to find things.

    Further, it is more organized and shows me more at a glace. Also like the new friendship feature that shows your interaction with another person or you can look at people’s relationships. The only question I have is: Is it making it easier to “spy” on others? There are a lot of amateur voyeurs out there who don’t really get that social interaction is about interacting, not just watching / reading.

    Good work Facebook! You are doing it right.

    JDO

    • I agree! This version of the new layout is much cleaner and easier to navigate. The content is clearer and easier to find as well. I do see your point about those who are on Facebook to just spy/watch though, they might have a field day with all of the easy to find content. Thanks for your comment!

  2. Thanks for this post! Great to see other people like the design, and talk about why. I like the new design. Facebook did get it right this time, and appear to be continue this movement in the right direction. Hopefully they take the research from Google’s Social Networking seriously: http://www.slideshare.net/padday/the-real-life-social-network-v2.

    The new design gets me to my goal faster: pictures. As a hobbyist photographer I know that everyone wants those flattering pictures front and center, always exposed.

    The left-rail navigation makes more sense than the old, tab-styled navigation; and the nav now persists. With these changes I wonder if they have gone with User Experience specialists to help the designers because the functionality remained basically the same.

    I still see lots of resistance to this design (just head over to the Facebook Blog: http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=462201327130). But there will always be that speed bump for adoption.

    • I agree that Facebook got it right. The left side navigation bar is also much clearer now. I think Facebook finally took time to think this one out, and it paid off for them. Also letting people opt in and out of it helps people get a feel for the new look instead of having to be pushed right into it. Thank you for your thoughts!

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