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Meta’s Trying Out a New Layout in the Desktop Version of Facebook

Facebook appears to be testing a new layout in the desktop version of the app, with some users seeing it for the first time recently.

Facebook desktop redesign test

That appears to be quite a sum.

The new layout surfaced for some users last week, according to Mashable, with an update message in the app detailing the change, which puts all of your navigation options to the left side of the screen.

Take a look at this image of the new desktop groups arrangement, which appears to be somewhat messy.

Facebook desktop redesign test

Many other desktop apps are left-aligned like this, as Mashable points out, with Twitter and Gmail displaying all of your selections in the same way.

Despite the fact that they appear to be less busy. Perhaps the menus are designed to be more collapsible so that you don’t see everything at once. Perhaps that would work in terms of focusing your vision on a single primary point rather than providing so many options at once.

Perhaps Meta wants to make sure that users are aware of all of the options available, and emphasizing them on screen is a way to encourage more widespread use.

There’s not a lot to go on at this point, and it appears like at least certain components are still being tested, so it’s possible that this is merely a test to see how users react right now.

But it could be on the way — or at the very least, it’s a sign of where Meta is thinking about building the app’s next step.

Source: Andrew Hutchinson

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