Most often, when we release something new to the site, you can read about it here on the blog and, at the same time, find the new feature or change on the site itself. However, pretty soon we're going to release some updates to our design, and instead of waiting till the day we launch, we wanted to give you a chance to see what we're doing ahead of time.
We've created a Facebook group called "Facebook Sneak Preview", where we've posted screenshots of the upcoming changes. We'd like to invite everyone to join.
The Facebook Sneak Preview group is where we'll show you our plans before they're final. This gives you a chance to offer feedback, and us a chance to respond. We will update and add pictures as we make changes.
Here are the three biggest aspects of the upcoming change:
- 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.
Intrigued? Head over to the Facebook Sneak Preview group . This group is a place for Facebook users to discuss (politely, please) the changes with one another. We'll be dropping by from time to time to update the screenshots, add information, collect your advice and answer some questions.
Katie is Director of Product at Facebook.