Application Accessibility Improves in Facebook Redesign

As announced earlier today, Facebook this evening released updates to the new site design that make it easier for users to find and bookmark applications. Facebook has made applications are now a more prominent part of the overall visual design by:

  1. Showing all authorized apps in the Applications menu
  2. Adding a bookmarked apps shortcut bar (reminiscent of Windows) in the bottom menu bar that can hold up to 6 direct links to applications, and
  3. Allowing applications to easily be bookmarked while in use

Facebook Platform Program Manager Josh Elman said tonight,

In the new applications menu, all of a user’s bookmarks will appear and be easily accessible. In addition, up to six application icons will be shown to the right of the menu button. When a user is using your application, they will be able to easily identify and bookmark your application with just one click.

Feedback we received indicated that users were having trouble with the Applications link in the top menu. People weren’t easily finding their way to their favorite applications. By moving this menu and displaying a few icons at the new location, users will always be able to find the applications they use, as well as easily bookmark their favorite applications or the ones they use the most.

Developers who want their icons to appear correctly in the shortcut menu should use transparent GIFs.

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11 Responses to “Application Accessibility Improves in Facebook Redesign”

  1. Calum says:

    I love this new feature. The “Applications” menu at the top was just too hard to navigate (sometimes when the window wasn’t full screen the arrows wouldn’t even show up.

    I have noticed another new feature in relation to applications: When you click on an application on the new “Applications” menu, if you haver over “Settings” in the top blue menu bar, you can easily edit the settings of the current application you are on :)

    This means you don’t have to waste time finding the “Settings” link on your application!

  2. Urmi says:

    I like the new placement of the “Applications” menu. Yes it is very Windows-start menu like, which I am totally fine with.

    and the feature that Calum pointed out (abt the apps settings bit) is pretty groovy too. Facebook should add a popup note to highlight that out.

    btw, those popup notes are also very helpful.

    Now to tackle the two access buttons for “Home” and one’s personal profile..

  3. LoneStar says:

    Yeah this is a nice change, the application menu in top bar had become pretty unuseful with the latest changes.

  4. River says:

    It’s not a big deal, but I prefer the “applications” menu back to the top bar. Better to group all “options” in the same area.

    If not, I wish it can auto-hide like in Windows.

  5. Mike says:

    Same bullshit, different location – I only see a few bookmarked apps in the chat bar.

    And now the redesign launch is pushed back? Why let the hype continue all week and then announce on a Thurs that’ll be another few weeks – Facebook needs to grow up.

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  7. LoneStar says:

    Anyway I think it would be better to bookmak as many application as one wants in the bottom bar, and not just 5.

  8. Julie Delaforce says:

    I like the idea of the new App menu. It doesn’t seem to be functioning properly for me though, I don’t have the option to scroll, so the top few apps on my list breach the top of the screen :o(

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  10. Chris says:

    there should still be a place for “recently used apps” that have not been bookmarked yet (like a history). I suggest the top right part of the home page

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