It’s all about community and privacy.
After a brutal 2018 that forced Facebook to admit it hasn’t got the best name when it involves privacy, Mark Zuckerberg has huge plans for the social networking platform in 2019: Facebook is being redesigned.
Zuckerberg made the announcements during Facebook’s F8 event near the company’s home turf in San Jose, California, where he addressed the past year of problems regarding privacy, security and decreasing trust in the platform.
The re-creation of Facebook, codenamed ‘FB5’, will be the largest modification the social network has practiced in years: almost every single aspect of the platform is changing in some way. There’s lots of information to process, and we’ve wrapped up everything you need to know right here.
New internet and mobile designs
The fifth major redesign of Facebook is incoming, codenamed ‘FB5’, and it’ll make communities – known as groups – the main target, featuring a sleek redesign that should make it quicker and more reliable, not to mention more visually appealing.
The new Facebook mobile app should now be live too, as a much faster and more immersive experience.
Facebook has made finding what you’re searching for more convenient, and more importantly claims to have made it safer and more secure. This is the largest change to the Facebook app in 5 years – even the Facebook logo is being updated for 2019.
There’s a new Facebook desktop website, too, and it should be much lighter on system resources, with the identical design language as the mobile app. it’ll be coming within the next few months, with some updates showing up right away.
All about building community
Zuckerberg made it clear that Facebook’s focus is shifting to communities both public and private. This means that groups are going to be the core focus: there are already tens of millions of active groups on Facebook.
Groups are going to be easier to find, and easier to participate in, due to a brand new, redesigned groups tab. this will show you a personalized feed of all of your groups, so you’ll be able to focus on your communities in a single place, instead of parsing them out from the rest of your News Feed.
Users will also notice that group recommendations will crop up in more places, however they’ll be more relevant to what you’re doing within the app. for example, you may see more ‘buy and sell’ groups show up in the Marketplace, and today in gaming might suggest a new gaming group for you to join.
The News Feed also will be redesigned in order that you can more simply share content directly to your groups; however this new community approach goes beyond Groups.
Facebook is launching Facebook dating in more countries, together with a new feature called Secret Crush. The idea is that you can opt in to this, and name up to 9 of your friends who you have interest in.
If any of those friends opt in to the program and name you as one of their secret crushes, then you’ll be matched; if the secret crush isn’t mutual, no one will know the names you entered.
Facebook dating was already live in 5 countries, and has now been expanded to 14 more. The service will launch in the U.S.A. at the end of the year.
There will also be some new ways to meet friends, through the new Meet New Friends feature. This is also an opt-in feature, so you’ll only be exposed to people who are open to meeting new people. This feature will work along with your groups; therefore you can simply add new friends from your favorite community.
Facebook’s Marketplace is also obtaining some improvements – in the U.S.A. you’ll be able to ship products across the country instead of just locally, and users will be able to pay for stuff safely and securely through the Facebook app. this should make shopping on the Facebook platform safer for both sellers and buyers.
The Events tab is additionally getting a makeover, and it’ll be easier to explore your city. You’ll be able to coordinate along with your friends, find local businesses, and find a new favorite restaurant based on your own personal preferences.
There are many Facebook changes coming in the next few months, and it could transform the way people use the platform day-in and day-out – and at the very least, the hope is that these changes will make the social network safer, and less divisive.