Facebook users haven't exactly been reticent about their dislike for Facebook's recent redesign. And Facebook staff want you to know they're listening.
Facebook has been deluged with feedback on its new layout, much of it negative but constructive, according to a blog posted on Tuesday by product director Christopher Cox. Hundreds of thousands of people gave the redesign a thumbs-down in a user poll. And groups like 'MEMBERS WANT THE OLD FACEBOOK BACK!' have formed to voice their discontent.
While the social network isn't reverting back to the old page design, it is making a handful of changes to appease some of the outraged masses, according to Cox.
Some of the changes already in the works include the following:
- Users will have the ability to turn on auto updating so they don't have to refresh the page to see what's new
- Facebook will add photos tagged with a person's friends to his or her stream
- Users will have the ability to cut down on the application-related content that's showing up in streams
- The highlights section in the right-hand column will update more frequently and show more content, so it'll be more like the old news feed
- Friend requests and event invites will be moved to the top of the right-hand column, so they'll be more prominent
- Users will be able to create a new list of friends with which to filter their streams
In the blog post, Cox said: "Over time, we'll continue to give you more control over what's in your main stream and how you consume it. We have the eventual goal of building filters that summarise this activity so you can see a more condensed view of what's been going on. We're also thinking about ways of filtering out some of the wall posts and content directed to specific people to focus more on posts shared with everyone."
No specific timeframe was mentioned for most of the updates, although the photo tag update will happen "in the coming weeks".
Cox, the brave soul that he is, has invited yet more feedback from users, directing people to the tour of the redesign, where comments can be left.