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Facebook Unveils Redesign

Home page revamp makes commonly used features and applications easier to access and use.

Facebook on Friday formally introduced a number of changes it says makes it easier for users to navigate their way around the social networking site.

"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," said Facebook engineer Jing Chen, in a post on the company's official blog.

"Today we started rolling out the most recent navigation updates to help you find what you are looking for on Facebook," said Chen.

Among other things, the redesign puts some of Facebook's more commonly used areas, such as pages, status updates, and links, in a more prominent location. "Now from the top left menus you can quickly get to what's new and important," said Chen.

Also, Facebook moved the Home and Profile links to the top right corner of the home page.

Additionally, Facebook made the Chat tool "more prominent by showing you a list of some of your online friends, and the Events dashboard lists your upcoming events along with events your friends are attending," said Chen.

And, in a likely blow to office productivity everywhere, the site is also making it easier for users to keep track of those addictive game applications, like Farmville and Mafia Wars.

"You will also start to see counters next to the applications you have bookmarked on your home page," wrote Chen.

"Counters will notify you when you have a specific action to take, so that you never miss your turn in a game or an update from a friend in an application," said the blogger.

Cheng said the changes are all about making it easier for individuals to access and use what's become the world's most popular social networking platform.

"We hope the simplified design of the home page will make it easy for you to stay connected with the people, applications, and activities that matter most to you," Cheng wrote.

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