Four major changes have been made to Facebook’s history. 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.
Do not give up. It has been many years since a significant change of appearance appeared on Facebook, so this message is both welcome and much needed. So what can we expect?
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.
Both the desktop page and the mobile application will automatically receive this update. It aims to facilitate navigation on Facebook while modernizing the appearance of Facebook for the new decade. Until now, few have access to New Facebook.
When will New Facebook be available?
It is not possible to activate the update, you have to wait for Facebook to invite you to test the new look. The announcement took place in April 2019. In November 2019, the first people in the USA were invited to the tests, then Canada, United Kingdom. There are still no updates for users, Facebook said they plan to offer a new look in a wider range in spring 2020.
“A small percentage” of people who can access new features on Facebook will see a pop-up window after logging in with an invitation to test New Facebook.
Facebook Design 2020
The Facebook you know will soon become a thing of the past. We found ourselves in a group of users selected by Facebook who was given the new Facebook look.
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.
Profile on the new Facebook
The appearance of the profile on the new Facebook has also been modified, however, the profile page most closely resembles the look of the old Facebook we are used to
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. See for yourself in the video below.
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.
Message windows on new Facebook
An interesting way of presenting current (open) conversations on Messenger. Old Facebook opened them in the bar at the bottom of the page. The mess was getting rather fast on small screen resolutions. The new Facebook design has active messages hidden under thumbnails on the right. To start a chat, simply click the plus icon in the bottom right corner of the browser.
Facebook Dark Mode
The long-awaited Facebook Dark Mode is available at one click. The classic light version will change into a snap into dark mode, which will be a good option when watching videos or Facebook Live.
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. Has a great webinar tool been created?
Above, we briefly introduced you to the new look of Facebook for 2020. We are interested in your opinion, reaction … which functions did you like and which you are not convinced of? Or maybe you already have access to the new Facebook? Write your first impressions in the comment below.