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Facebook Introduces a Mobile-Oriented Redesign 61

Posted by Soulskill
from the something-changed-on-the-internet,-let's-complain dept.
New submitter PuZZleDucK writes "If you hadn't had enough 'mobile UI' thrust upon you by OS makers, you'll be relieved to know Facebook will be chipping in. The company is redesigning its desktop user interface in a way which 'standardizes the feed across mobile devices and desktop computers, is designed to keep users active and interacting as well as appeal to advertisers.' According to the article, 'Greater emphasis is given to images — which are now much larger. Photos now make up nearly 50% of news feed stories and are now front and center. If you see shades of Instagram — or Google+ — in the new feed, you aren't alone. We see them too. Facebook says it is following trends on where design is headed and it is clear that trend includes big photos and a clean, navigable design.' Enjoy, I'll be over here."
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Facebook Introduces a Mobile-Oriented Redesign

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  • I want less social media, not more choices of time wasting.

    • I want interoperability between Social network Providers!

      It worked for network providers, it worked for email providers....

      • by egamma (572162)

        I want interoperability between Social network Providers!

        It worked for network providers, it worked for email providers....

        And you want all the inherent security advantages that SMTP provides, right?

        HELO whitehouse.gov
        MAIL FROM:president@whitehouse.gov
        RCPT TO:raymabus@navy.mil
        DATA
        From: "Barak Obama"
        To: "Ray Mabus" Subject: Attack North Korea
        Hey Ray,
        I want to make that Nobel Peace Prize committee look like an even bigger bunch of fools. And, I'm tired of the Democrat party being called 'weak' on national security. The North Korean missile threat is the last straw--let's send in the Marines!

        Sincerely,
        Barak Hussein O

        • Interoperability does not include ignoring all security by design You could, for example, just design it right! :-)

          Nothing in your example that can't be fixed:

          HELO whitehouse.gov
          MAIL FROM:president@whitehouse.gov
          RCPT TO:raymabus@navy.mil
          DATA
          From: "Barak Obama"
          To: "Ray Mabus" Subject: Attack North Korea
          -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
          Hey Ray,
          I want to make that Nobel Peace Prize committee look like an even bigger bunch of fools. And, I'm tired of the Democrat party being called 'weak' on national security.

    • I want less social media, not more choices of time wasting.

      I hear (though it could be a rumour) that they're thinking of making participation in social networking optional!

  • by sproketboy (608031) on Friday March 08, 2013 @08:57AM (#43115063)

    Please if we all ignore Facebook maybe it will just go away. Wishful thinking....

    • by s.petry (762400)

      The re-design is probably due to a dramatic drop in use. The fad wore off on many, and people have been learning where the data and tracking is going. It's good that they are ignorant as to "why" people have not been using their service. Let them pee away all of their cash trying to get people back to the service.

      That said, just like MS keeps pumping money in to Bing, DARPA and other government agencies will continue to fund Facebook until well after it's usefulness has worn out.

  • Diaspora (Score:5, Funny)

    by BasilBrush (643681) on Friday March 08, 2013 @08:57AM (#43115071)

    DIaspora is fine if you want to connect up with all your OSS, Linux, neck beard friends. Since few of my friends are like that, I'll stick with Facebook.

    • This. I mean, let's be realistic folks.
    • Re: Diaspora (Score:5, Informative)

      by Brucelet (1857158) on Friday March 08, 2013 @09:12AM (#43115199)
      Then what are you doing on slashdot?
      • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

        by BasilBrush (643681)

        I came here 15 years ago. A time when Slashdot was a good news source. When Microsoft was the object of hate. And Apple, as an underdog with a Unix OS was generally liked. A time when Google did no evil. A different time.

        I was never an OSS, Linux neck beard type. But the Slashdot hive-mind used to be more in tune with my own. Slashdot changed as the editing became worse, and new bees came along with different Goliaths to throw stones at.

        But I quite like a good argument, so I'm still happy to be here.

        • If you want a complete, far-leftist version of Slashdot, give Kuro5hin a try.

          Or just stay here and wait about 6 more months.

        • by Anonymous Coward

          I would say there have been two great migrations and both have affected slashdot negatively. I believe Fark users found slashdot perhaps 10 years ago, and 4 chan raiders came 5 years later. Smaller groups probably came in from Engadget or gizmodo. Gadget nerds for sure, but their knowledgeable like that of a salesman: the bigger number is always better. Easily confused by questions like "is the 4s a 4g device?".

          These two populations have dispersed again and gone elsewhere but some have stayed and mixed with

        • by pnutjam (523990)
          15 years ago mac was that weird PowerPC user, not the Unix OS it is today.
      • I'm here for the Blackjack, Hookers & Blow.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      We knew this post was a lie when you said you had friends.

    • by 0xdeadbeef (28836)

      Since few of my friends are like that, I'll stick with Facebook.

      Ah, a friend of the elderly! God bless you, son.

  • seriously start tracking things rather than trying to guess

    start tracking conversions i.e. when a offer or advert is placed how many people click through and how many order...
    this is why google does so well

    stop pushing lots and lots of display adverts they simply turn people off

    I'm fine with facebook I know they will track me but give more power to the advertisers and reduce the adverts in the "news feed"

    as long as they honer Do not track for all browsers except Internet Explorer I'm fine with them

    also plea

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Funny how their example feed doesnt include any 'sponsored posts'

  • Photos now make up nearly 50% of news feed stories and are now front and center.

    That's because Facebook doesn't let you share text-only status updates. Most of the crap on my Facebook feed would undoubtedly be just text (because it's easier than finding an image and captioning it) if they let you share text, but instead, it's about a hundred times as annoying.

    • by Tridus (79566)

      ... what? Yes it does. I do it all the time.

      • Look at someone's text-only status updates. See the options at the bottom: "Like - Comment". Compare that to the options at the bottom of a photo: "Like - Comment - Share".

        You can't "Share" someone else's text-only status update. You can post your own status updates as text only, and that is a form of sharing, but that's not what's being talked about.

  • by Tridus (79566) on Friday March 08, 2013 @09:37AM (#43115481) Homepage

    Those designers sure are trendy people. They've all hopped aboard the same bandwagon and all follow the same trend, even in cases where it doesn't actually work that well (see: the Metro version of IE 10 where for certain errors the commands to actually diagnose what's wrong are just plain missing and the errors unfixable without switching to the desktop version).

    It's almost like the fashion industry at this point. I can't wait to see what they decide the new trend is in 5 years. Maybe everything will need to be orange.

  • The advertisers basically calls the shots on Facebook. I think there's a gradual cashing out going on, and the beginning of FB has already begun. Not that i'm complaining.

    • by Elbereth (58257)

      the beginning of FB has already begun. Not that i'm complaining.

      Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future. You are interested in the unknown... the mysterious. The unexplainable. That is why you are here. And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you, the full story of what happened on that fateful day. We are bringing you all the evidence, based only on the secret testimony, of the miserable souls

      • by TimHunter (174406)
        You know, it's an interesting thing when you consider... the Earth people, who can think, are so frightened by those who cannot: the dead.
  • I don't mind cleaner, speedier websites with less clutter. But when the day comes where I am forced to use a Phone, rather than a Desktop Computer, that'll be my divorce from the Internet. The Internet was suppose to be open and accessible to everyone who wanted to visit it, pushing things to the point where only certain people can access it is wrong. And when, not if, that days comes; it will be a disaster and a setback to advancement and openness.

  • I'm in Zambia right now, and while very few people own a traditional computer (or a tablet, for that matter) android based phones are becoming ubiquitous, and 3g is accessible and relatively affordable. The number one thing people use their smartphones for is Facebook.
    • northern-hemisphere-centrism huh? ... What about us Australians :p haha, but seriously I know more people with 'droids than with pc's too.
  • More pictures of post-teenage angst, unfunny cat pictures, and no-talent someecards and instagram! Thank you, facebook! Thank you for fueling the mass intelligence massacre of the second decade of the 21st century!
  • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Friday March 08, 2013 @11:36AM (#43116919)

    They will simultaneously change the structure of the privacy settings, and of course opt you in to everything automatically. So, if you're a Facebook user, be sure to check your privacy settings after you see the update on your feed.

    Also, their mobile app (likely intentionally) gives you less ability to always hide things - particularly sponsored stories from particular advertisers - from your feed. I'm guessing this will be the new normal on the desktop too.

    Bottom line: Like everyone that came before, Facebook has no idea how to turn social media into a sustainably profitable business. They're basically making all the moves MySpace made 5 or so years ago - moves that pretty much killed MySpace. I expect a new iteration from a competitor will pop up in the next couple of years; people will flee the now ad-infested Facebook; and another identical cycle will begin with that new company. Not that the founders will care; they'll get rich selling to the investors (who will, once again, belatedly learn the new company doesn't have any more of a business model than MySpace and Facebook had).

  • .
    I currently keep my photos on a separate, privately run website, (the developer/owner of which I know personally) and occasionally link my account back to my facebook account so that friends and family who are still using facebook can still stay in the loop. It seems like one could do the same for Diaspora. (Plus an invitation to migrate.)

    Facebook is getting to be a mashup of email hoaxes and questionable applications anyway. Maybe it's time to drop it. If they're getting set to adopt the Windows 8 "on

  • ...using FB so often when they forced the Timeline as the main page. It's useless for me, and just plain annoying.

Vitamin C deficiency is apauling.

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