Thoughts On The New Facebook Interface

Posted Jul 21, 2008

Facebook has officially launched the new look & feel of their site.  It is available to anyone that goes to http://www.new.facebook.com.  I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the new user interface.  Here are mine.

Below is what the new homepage looks like.  This is the page you see as soon as you log-in.  What I like is that Add Photos, Add Videos, link sharing, and note writing is right at the top. 

I don’t like the location of where Facebook put “log out.”  I think it should be right at the top and have it’s own text.  You’ll notice that the logout button is in parantheses next to Welcome Amit.  Log Out also shows up when putting the mouse over the lock button.  Finding the log out button should be easy for users because it is just as important as logging in.

I like the location of the lock button.  The lock button is the place to set up privacy settings.  This is how you prevent certain people from looking at your pictures, a very useful feature.

The Friends button shows you all of the new status messages written by your friends.  The ability to create a new friend list is a cool new feature.  This allows you to closer track the friends who you want to see more of and filter out the rest.  Below is what it looks like when setting up a new friends list.

I don’t like the way that Facebook is handling their applications.  Facebook segregated applications away from the main profile.  The applications that are able to be placed in the sidebar have the benefit of appearing on the main Facebook profile page, but other applications are placed under a tab called Boxes.  The applications I choose to use on my profile are aligned with my personality so they should be right next to my profile.

The Inbox feature doesn’t look any different.  It would be cool if there was a way to somehow integrate Facebook’s chat system with their Inbox system. 

Overall I give Facebook’s new look about a 6 out of 10 stars on the way it looks.  It looks clean, but segregating the applications isn’t really beneficial.  If anything it screws over the developers a little bit.  Fortunately there is a way to opt out of the new look when it goes live.  And that was a smart move by Facebook.  I’m sure a lot of people will switch back to the old look since they’re so used to it.