I tried it. I really did. But I just couldn’t get on with it. The new Facebook layout ultimately received a FAIL from me last week, when I switched back to the old version. But no sooner do I hit the button, breath a sigh of relief and make a cup of tea, than I get this piece of news: we’re all going to be forced to convert to the new layout come September, to make way for some new advertising functionality.
A Facebook executive said: “Around 20% of our users have now migrated to the new platform and it has been received well after people get used to it”. Two things strike me about this – firstly, 20% is not a big number at all. That’s 80% who are still choosing to use the old one. And the fact that it’s being well received ‘after people get used to it’ makes me wonder if it’s really that great a design.
Personally, I was relieved when I found the ‘go back to the old version’ button, and I’m not that down with the new one. I was impressed that Facebook gave its users the choice, and now it seems that that isn’t the case.
Facebook is only where it is thanks to the number of people who have adopted it. You know what we need here? A protesting Facebook group.
What do you think? Have you adopted the new design? Do you love it? Hate it? Can’t really dredge up an opinion about it?[via NMA]