Facebook Cleans Up With New Design

Social network cuts down clutter, adds 'Publisher' feature
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2008 6:28 PM CDT
Facebook product manager Mark Slee shows off the new look of Facebook during product announcement meeting at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. on May 21, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Facebook has launched a redesign with subtle new features that improve usability, Rafe Needleman writes in Webware. The revamped site eliminates a lot of the clutter caused by its 16-month-old applications platform, and spotlights the most important aspect of Facebook—the Wall—pushing it to the front and making it easier to read.

The new design also offers a "Publisher" section where users can update their status, post videos and photos, add notes, and utilize Facebook's enhanced Webcam recording box. “I had pretty much given up on Facebook until I saw the redesign Monday,” Needleman writes. “It may appear to offer only subtle improvements, but I think it will help usability a lot.”