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Facebook Pages Update, Lose Width… Again

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February 10th, 2011

Facebook Pages New Layout, Feb. 2011

New Facebook layout will be forced on March 1, 2011

Facebook is rolling out yet another change to the Pages feature, which is optional for now but will be pushed on March 1, 2011. Facebook is making Pages look more like profiles and trimming the tab width down to 493 pixels – that’s another 27 pixels lost for FBML landing pages [Update: This may be a bug – see the comments below]. They’re also adding a line of images along the top, just like with profiles, and moving tab navigation to the left column.

I see new features available, as well, most notably the option to “use Facebook as” your page, seeing the page feed and activity in your main news feed. I’m uncertain whether this eclipses your personal feed or appends to it, and I’m not ready to try it since I’ve got a bit of redesigning to do before changing to the new look (notice the clipping of my content in the shot above). You will also be able to choose whether to post to your Page and other Pages as an individual or as the Page itself (the latter being the current method).

I don’t mind the new look overall, but I wish they would stop cutting down on the width of the main content area. I just finished designing for the previous width last week! I’m also not sure how good an idea it is to put the photo stream along the top — businesses seem less likely than individuals to have an album full of photos from which to pull.

What do you think? Annoyed? Thrilled?

2 Responses to “Facebook Pages Update, Lose Width… Again”

  1. G-Rod says:

    Actually i just “upgraded” a page and got a pop up stating the push for all pages will on March 1st, not May. Then additional digging brought up an update from Carl Sjogreen, a Product Manager at Facebook stating “This is a bug. The size of the tabs was not intended to change. We’re investigating.”

    Hope that is the case or I (like many of us) have some “fun” rework to do on the pages i’m admin on. :o\

    • Roxanne says:

      Oh so glad to hear the width might not change! Thanks for the info.

      I fixed the post to reflect the correct month, as well. I tend to get my “M” months mixed up when I’m typing in a hurry.

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