Facebook for Desktop gets faster and a new design
Facebook has four major changes have been made. The latest, FB5, also known as New Facebook, maybe the most dramatic of all. It’s a total change in how Facebook looks and works on computers and mobile devices.
What is New Facebook?
Social network plans were announced at the F8 2019 conference, including the redesign of Facebook. The new Facebook is an interface update that places more emphasis on Groups and Events – the two biggest reasons people visit Facebook every day. It also means that the news feed will be less available on New Facebook.
In general, the site looks more minimalistic than the current version and contains more white space. Top of page is no longer blue. Instead, it is white and divided into three sections. The left one is the Facebook icon pointing to the news feed and search field. The middle section contains light grey icons: your news feed, video centre (watch), the marketplace, groups and gaming. The right section is the feedback button and reporting problems with New Facebook (probably it will disappear in the final version), then Messenger and your profile icon.
It is worth paying attention to the new Facebook logo. There used to be f in a blue or white square. Now the letter f is larger and has a lighter blue circle.
Facebook Stories are highlighted in the centre in the form of rectangles, as in the mobile application. Just as reports have caught up on Instagram and sweep, so on Facebook they are probably not very popular.
New Facebook Post
Very intuitive and modern. After clicking “What’s on your mind?” a new post a window appears. The first checkbox is the audience, then the post content. The bottom bar brings some news. You will find, among others, various fonts and backgrounds. Of course, classic options for inserting photos, gifs, tagging people and places, or emotions are available.
New look for Facebook notifications
In the header on the right, we have a section for notifications, messages and profile options. A complete transformation of all functions. Notifications and messages open in the column, also profile options. It looks modern, and most importantly, it’s transparent.
Other features for the new Facebook
Facebook has announced several new features for events and specific social groups (Gaming Chat and Gaming Stream). Interactions for Facebook Live will also be improved, especially for people who use it for sales purposes.
Facebook’s new look comes at a time when the social networking giant, which counts about 2.5 billion people using its service each month, is trying to move past the many privacy and corporate malfeasance controversies it’s faced. But with the 2020 US election heating up, there are concerns the company may not be appropriately ready for additional election meddling, disinformation and propaganda that might spread on its service.
In the meantime, when the “small percentage” of people who can access this new feature sign in to Facebook for the first time, they’ll see a pop-up inviting them to help test what the company calls “The New Facebook.” If they agree, Facebook will let them either set the website to use white backgrounds and bright colors, or a dark-mode background similar to the popular features offered on computers, iPhones and devices powered by Google’s Android software.
Facebook’s also increasingly been targeted by government regulators and lawmakers, who have raised the possibility of fines for Facebook executives’ poor behavior — and even of breaking up the company.
Facebook’s responded with an ad campaign acknowledging its mistakes, and promising to do better. It’s also redesigned its logo, which it’s made more prominent on its other popular apps: the text message replacement service WhatsApp and the photo sharing social network Instagram.