Facebook has started rolling out a revised version of its desktop site. As of today, users have the option to opt for the new design, which focuses on two of Facebook's most important features: events and groups. The redesign was previously exclusive to the Facebook mobile app and was first announced at the company's F8 developer conference last year.
"As of today, the majority of Facebook users will have access to the new desktop design," a Facebook spokesman told The Verge. "Users can choose to try the new design before it becomes standard later this year." If you do not have access now, it should appear shortly.
Similar to the redesign of the mobile app last year, the new desktop layout gives you quicker access to some important Facebook features and a cleaner, simpler design with more generous spaces. The redesign includes larger fonts and slimmer symbols, a dark mode and a simplified layout with fewer columns of information to consider. Facebook stories have been moved over the Update Status field, while just above the Stories section is a redesigned menu bar that contains several tabs that were previously found in the left corner of the screen, e.g. B. "Events" and "Marketplace".
The most important change in the design of the desktop is the new "Groups" tab in the newly designed menu bar. Clicking on the tab will take you to a personalized feed with updates from groups you belong to and suggest groups you can join based on your interests.
You can try out the new design by going to Facebook and logging into your account. Go to your settings menu and click on "Show New Facebook". If you don't like it and you want to delay using the new redesign, you can click on "Switch to classic Facebook".
Facebook is committed to transforming its social network into a "privacy-oriented communication platform", among other things through a stronger focus on groups and events. Groups currently have 400 million active users (many more users belong to inactive groups or don't check them regularly), while 700 million people use Facebook events every month. The new design makes these two products better known, and Facebook hopes that people will be more inclined to use them as trust in the news feed continues to decline.