Millions of people complained in the past couple of weeks when Facebook launched a new layout for its home page. The new design broke away from the previously popular two column layout in favor of a three column version which was in ways similar to the old version of Facebook. While I love most aspects of the new design, about 94% of the users did disagreed with me. The biggest problem seemed to be the fact that the new design is pretty much confusing and cluttered with useless feeds, and this resulted in millions of complains lodged against it.
Apparently, Facebook took all the feedback into consideration and announced today that they would tweak the layout and design in the coming weeks to meet with the user requirements and expectations.
On their official blog, the Facebook design team discussed the strategy they would follow in the coming weeks. According to the article, the most demanded alterations were better control over content, an improved Highlights section and support for content filters. While I believe that we already have pretty much control over the news feeds, the ability to block and narrow down feeds should be a productive addition. The same goes for content filters, where we need more control on what apps to allow in the feeds. I personally like to see more Videos shared by my friends than anything else and I didnâ€™t like the idea of a separate news feed that I had to click for access.
As far as highlights go, I think that section should be dropped all together and incorporated into the new real time feeds, which would new support auto updates. But the Facebook team is in favor of improving the section with more frequent and relevant updates that may make it more worthwhile. If they really want to improve the section, they should give it more space so that we can get more content.
It is currently around 260px in width while the main feeds are around 540px. If they make the main feeds around 460px, then it would be possible to have the highlights section around 340px wide making it a lot more appealing and would gain more attention.
Will these amendments be enough to satisfy the entire population of over 175 million users? My answer is no, because if there was a single common solution to everyoneâ€™s problem, the world would be a much better place.