Facebook Moves Friend Requests Link to the Home Page’s Left Sidebar

Facebook has moved the active link for friend requests from the Requests panel in the bottom of the home page’s right sidebar to the “Friends” navigation link in the top of the left sidebar. Similar to application requests, pending friend requests will still appear as text in the Requests panel, but users must click the navigation link which denotes pending requests with a counter in order to visit the Friends page and respond to friend requests.

This change may signal that Facebook is preparing to remove the Requests panel, as the only active links still present there are Page, family, and old group requests. The freed up space could be reallocated to show Places check-ins of friend or more engagement ads.

Facebook has been going back and forth lately on how to inform users about pending requests. It recently began showing app requests as notifications. This has angered some game players who now have their notifications channel, which previously alerted them to wall posts and photo tags, overrun by requests for assistance in games like CityVille. Facebook completely removed these app requests from the Requests panel, but then reinstated them there due to complaints about user retention from developers.

Now friend requests as well as app requests appear as inactive links in the Requests panel, which when clicked generate a prompt pointing towards the navigation links on the far side of the home page. While it’s important for Facebook to determine the optimal location for requests, these frequent changes will confuse and irk some users.

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5 Responses to “Facebook Moves Friend Requests Link to the Home Page’s Left Sidebar”

  1. Domain Expert says:

    It’s been like this for me for about 3 weeks (at least).

  2. Jason says:

    It’s been like this for me since December of 2010. :/

  3. Dexter says:

    Completely USELESS..

  4. Himadri Dimri says:

    This has been there since long. :) When it moved the game requests to left, it moved the friend requests also to the left. whats new is that Facebook is going to become Public :D Wow.

  5. Josh Constine says:

    @Himadri: You may have been able to access friend requests from the Friends navigation link, but the prompts and deactivation of the the friend requests link in the Requests panel is new.

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