Saturday, February 6, 2010

Happy Birthday! Facebook turns 6 years old!

Facebook, the little page that started as contact page for students in college, has grown into a 350 million people phenomenon.

Mark Zuckerberg (Founder & Chief Executive Officer - Facebook), comments on the new look:

"Facebook began six years ago as a product that my roommates and I built to help people around us connect easily, share information and understand one another better.

We hoped Facebook would improve people's lives in important ways. So it's rewarding to see that as Facebook has grown, people around the world are using the service to share information about events big and small and to stay connected to everyone they care about.

Facebook has also been especially meaningful to me and to everyone at Facebook to see people using it to seek help, share news and lend support during crises."

Jing Chen (Facebook engineer), introducing the new navigation:

"Over the past few months, we've been testing several different designs of the home page to improve navigation to and discovery of commonly used features.

Today, we started rolling out the most recent navigation updates to help you find what you are looking for on Facebook. Now, from the top and left menus you can quickly get to what's new and important."

"In the top menu, you will find your newest notifications, requests and messages. For example, when you receive a Facebook notification about someone writing on your Wall or tagging you in a photo, you'll see a red bubble appear in the left-hand corner near the search bar. When you click on the icon, you'll see a drop-down menu with your most recent notifications."

"The Home and Profile links can now be found in the top-right corner along with your Account menu, which includes your privacy settings and the ability to log out.

The left menu has been organized to make it easier for you to communicate with and discover content from your friends. You can now access your messages and other core features all in one place, to the left of your News Feed.

With the Photos dashboard you can browse recent photos of your friends, and the Events dashboard lists your upcoming events along with events your friends are attending.

The Friends dashboard will help you find friends, see which of your friends have recently updated their profiles and filter your News Feed by Friend Lists you may have already created."

So there you go! Now it's easier to get those Farmville lost cows or Yoville announcements.

Happy Birthday, Facebook!

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