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Good news for tired eyes: Facebook tests Timeline with single column layout

Submitted by on November 1, 2012 – 10:05 amNo Comment

Facebook is testing a single-column layout for its Timeline, moving activity such as wall posts and status updates to one static feed on the left of the screen.

The wider, left-hand column will still sit next to a narrower right-side counterpart, which will contain only modules users want to appear on their profile (friends, places, etc), but the ‘action’ will now be presented in a single area of the screen, addressing some of the complaints users have with the current Timeline layout; that there’s stuff everywhere.

Of course, there are some gripes with the potential new design. If a user chooses not to display any info modules, the right side of the screen simply appears blank. Secondly, without the ‘timeline’ running through the centre of the screen, can the profiles still really be called Timelines? Also, bad news for brands that have spent ages tweaking their Timelines to appear ‘just so’.

These are pretty irrelevant niggles, though, and no doubt far surpassed by the joy of rested eyes no longer forced to bounce from left to right to assimilate information.

As Facebook itself acknowledges, the current presentation of Timeline is not ideal. “This is a new design Facebook is testing with a small percentage of people to make navigating timeline even easier,” the company told The Next Web. They’ve kept schtum about future plans for the redesign, though.

Here’s a sneak peek of Timeline’s new look, courtesy of Inside Facebook.



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