Reports say that some users are starting to see a new Facebook desktop layout, with all options listed on a crowded left-hand menu.
According to a report on Mashable, Facebook seems to be testing a new desktop layout. A few weeks ago, Stan Schroeder wrote: “Nearly all of the navigation elements, menus, and settings were moved to the left on the desktop version of the platform, with essentially no navigation on top of the page.”
According to his post, Schroeder also couldn’t find a way to roll back the change.” I don’t remember whether I opted in for this, but I can’t find a way to roll it back, so this is what the Facebook experience looks like for me right now.”
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The new, unsolicited layout appeared to have come about for a number of users last week, along with a brief wizard where Facebook explains: “We moved all your navigation options into one place. This change combines everything you need on Facebook — your profile, search, notifications, messages, and more.”
The layout on Facebook has not undergone any significant redesign changes since it last updated its site’s navigation and look two years ago.
The new left-side menu layout is popular on many other major apps on desktop like Twitter and Gmail. But, from what is visible from the screenshots, grouping all of Facebook’s many options within a single navigation bar may prove to be a bit more confusing than expected.
However, seeing as the new layout has not had an official announcement, nor does it appear to more than a mere small group of users, Facebook is still probably testing the change to gather user feedback and further adapt. Either way, the change indicates at the very least that the platform is exploring the possibility of restructuring its home page structure.
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