Facebook has announced that its old “classic” interface with the iconic blue navigation bar at the top will disappear for good this September. Facebook is now warning users trying to switch back from the new design that they will soon not be able to go back as it will have gotten rid of the old site. The new design was announced at Facebook’s developer conference in 2019.
“We’ve grown since Facebook.com launched 16 years ago. We’ve built new features, optimized for new devices and operating systems, and expanded to hundreds of languages. Recently we’d focused on the mobile Facebook experience, and realized our desktop site had fallen behind. People need it to keep up,” Facebook said in a blog post.
The new design places a bigger focus on two of its most critical features; events and groups. Facebook says it is now easy to create Events, Pages, Groups, and ads. One is also able to preview a new Group they’re creating in real-time, and see what it looks like on mobile before finishing the creation process. The tab on the new site which also comes with a dark mode now shows a personalized feed of activity across all the groups with improved recommendations that lets one quickly find the groups they might be interested in
“We’re also making it easier to get relevant group recommendations elsewhere in the app like in Marketplace, Today In, the Gaming tab, and Facebook Watch. You may see more content from your groups in the News Feed. And, you will be able to share content directly with your groups from News Feed, the same way you do with friends and family,” Facebook said.
With new streamlined navigation, Facebook.com homepage and page transitions now load faster. Facebook has also introduced new features to support specific communities that have different needs. Through its new Health Support groups, members can now post questions and share information without their names appearing on a post. Job groups will have a new template for employers to post openings and easier ways for job seekers to message the employer and apply directly. Gaming groups will get a new chat feature so members can create threads for different topics within the group. People who use Facebook Live to sell things in Buy and Sell groups will soon have new ways to let buyers easily ask questions and place orders without leaving the live broadcast.
If you have not yet switched to the redesign, all you have to do is go to the drop-down menu on the top right, near the bottom of the menu, you’ll see the option to “Switch to New Facebook.” Immediately you click the button, it will automatically switch everything over to the new layout.