A post in webmonkey’s monkey_bites revealed to me a new redesign of Facebook, which will be rolled out to all users soon. Please click on the photos for higher resolution.

The home page has been redesigned such that all friend updates will be under one news feed. Most striking is the slightly wider layout—a little too wide for my liking, but it fits nicely under a 1024×768 resolution.

wider, rounder

wider, rounder

The applications link on the left has been incorporated into a drop-down menu in the top tab, and the search field has been moved to the left.

all applications have been swept under the rug

all applications have been swept under the rug

The profile page has undergone the most radical renovation. The front-most page only displays minimal user info, and mainly reserved for updates. Info, photos and applications (still marked “box”) are moved into their own tabs, which you can customise by rearranging or adding specific application tabs. You can also adjust the size of your status and applications update into so-called “one-line”, “short” or “full” sizes.

more stream-lined without cluttering apps

more stream-lined without cluttering apps

My first impression? Neat. Especially for a obsessive-compulsive minimalist like myself.

You can try out the new layout by pointing your browser to www.new.facebook.com, or revert back by clicking the “Back to the old Facebook link”. The rendering is still a bit slow, but hopefully the kinks will be straightened out by the time this rolls out to all users.

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