Facebook has been continuously iterating on their new design with the latest version showing a new location for Facebook Chat. Over the past few weeks we have been receiving messages from users who have been part of Facebook’s ongoing user testing of the new homepage design, however this latest design has one significant change: Facebook Chat has been moved to the sidebar.
There are some fundamental issues with this design, the most significant of which is that the number of bookmarked applications displayed appears to be limited to 5 and then the user must click on “More” to see more.
Facebook has also removed the friend list filters (something highlighted by Malorie Lucich of Facebook last Friday) under this new design, which means that there are most likely additional changes to come. Facebook friend lists can now be found under the “Friends” area according to Facebook. Unfortunately we don’t have access to this new version yet.
While the volume of users being tested with the new design appears to be increasing, Facebook is still clearly in the process of making ongoing adjustments. The most significant change in this latest iteration is the adjustment of the chat. Aside from that, Facebook is only making subtle adjustments at this point. You can see the difference from the last iteration in the screenshots below.
In addition to consolidating a number of links under “Settings”, Facebook is rapidly iterating on the new homepage design which is expected to launch in the next couple months.
Thanks to Sam Lessin, of drop.io, who tipped us off.
New Homepage Design
December Homepage Design