(Image source: Inside Facebook)

BY MIKAH SARGENT
ANCHOR LOGAN TITTLE


Prepare yourself for yet another change in your Facebook timeline. One that could finally put an end to the two-column woes of Facebook users everywhere. The company is testing out a simpler layout which addresses previous complaints about the timeline feature.

The Facebook publisher and posts from your friends are now aligned to the left. And also much wider than before. Modules, including ‘Places’ and ‘Friends’ are aligned to the right. A writer for InsideFacebook says “The difference in this design is that these modules are no longer the same size as posts...”

Frustration with the two-column layout was the biggest problem users had with Facebook’s initial redesign. A writer for Gizmodo sums it up:

“Complaint numero uno: the double-column layout is confusing, causing users to panic, unable to discern when events in their lives happened. Why are these two things next to each other? Which happened first? Where am I? Who am I?”

As is often the case with Facebook changes, not everyone is pleased with the potential design. A writer for The Next Web notes the irony of a timeline without, well, a timeline:

“First of all, there’s no longer a line down the center that is supposed to make the profile look like a ‘timeline,’ … Furthermore, the right-column is empty if you scroll down too far, which results in quite a bit of wasted space.”

The social media company may be backpedaling on its design decisions. A writer for Softpedia says this new layout is an obvious pull from the past.

“It's not hard to realize that the move is a step back towards the old profile or the current newsfeed look. This new layout should feel more familiar to users and should placate Facebook page admins as well.”

Facebook says it is testing these changes with a small amount of users, but offered no further information on the update.

Facebook Tests Out One-Column Timeline

by Mikah Sargent
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Nov 1, 2012

Facebook Tests Out One-Column Timeline

 

(Image source: Inside Facebook)

BY MIKAH SARGENT
ANCHOR LOGAN TITTLE


Prepare yourself for yet another change in your Facebook timeline. One that could finally put an end to the two-column woes of Facebook users everywhere. The company is testing out a simpler layout which addresses previous complaints about the timeline feature.

The Facebook publisher and posts from your friends are now aligned to the left. And also much wider than before. Modules, including ‘Places’ and ‘Friends’ are aligned to the right. A writer for InsideFacebook says “The difference in this design is that these modules are no longer the same size as posts...”

Frustration with the two-column layout was the biggest problem users had with Facebook’s initial redesign. A writer for Gizmodo sums it up:

“Complaint numero uno: the double-column layout is confusing, causing users to panic, unable to discern when events in their lives happened. Why are these two things next to each other? Which happened first? Where am I? Who am I?”

As is often the case with Facebook changes, not everyone is pleased with the potential design. A writer for The Next Web notes the irony of a timeline without, well, a timeline:

“First of all, there’s no longer a line down the center that is supposed to make the profile look like a ‘timeline,’ … Furthermore, the right-column is empty if you scroll down too far, which results in quite a bit of wasted space.”

The social media company may be backpedaling on its design decisions. A writer for Softpedia says this new layout is an obvious pull from the past.

“It's not hard to realize that the move is a step back towards the old profile or the current newsfeed look. This new layout should feel more familiar to users and should placate Facebook page admins as well.”

Facebook says it is testing these changes with a small amount of users, but offered no further information on the update.

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