Sneak Preview: Facebook layout chages

Facebook has created a group called “Facebook Sneak Preview”, where they’ve posted screenshots of the upcoming changes to the social networking site’s layout. Last year a set of privacy chages to the site sparked international outrage with some saying that the “drastic new change to our Facebook home page crosses the line between quiet stalking and outright invasion of privacy.”

Here are the three biggest aspects of the upcoming changes at Facebook:

  • A simplified design. For those of the Facebook old guard, you’ve watched the number of features on the site grow. The new design will bring the focus back to the core elements, so the links you use the most often are easiest to find, while the others have new sensible homes. This will also help beginners understand how to get started. The Profile page will be a little sleeker, with your status rearranged, quick links under the profile picture and a mini-er Mini-Feed.
  • A unified inbox. All of your messages and shares will be found in one unified inbox, and extra functionality will be added to each. Now, rather than commenting on a share, you reply to it, just like a message. Also you can now message several people at once, and they can reply to everyone on the thread, just like email.
  • Network pages. Every network will have a single page where you can see all the sweet stuff happening in each of your networks. You’ll be able to browse the profiles of network members, check out interesting facts about the breakdown of people around you, and see popular activity like which videos are getting shared and which groups are growing. There will also be a new events calendar to find out what’s going on in your network.

This group is a place for Facebook users to discuss the changes with one another. Facebook staff be dropping by from time to time to update the screenshots, add information, collect your advice and answer some questions.
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