About the Facebook redesign

Dearest Facebook,

You have no Linux users in your UI testing groups. Either that, or you ignore them. Or they don’t actually test. It’s one of those. I state this merely because Firefox 3 on Linux is not compatible with your new design. This has been tested in Arch Linux and the version of Ubuntu that came out back in April.

So anyway. The links on the main page don’t work. You must click a link, then refresh the page to be taken to your destination.

On a completely different note, it’s somewhat disappointing to see that you switched from one fixed-width style to another. I used to be able to have a web browser on the left sode of my desktop and IM windows on the right side. Now my browser needs to be about 170 pixels wider, so it overlaps. The worst part is how much seems to be dedicated to ads (a large number of which are either completely irrelavent to me or offensive. I shamelessly block them) and whitespace. Yeah, the new layout seems a lot cleaner, but a lot of that is because you bought the whitespace by making the user resize the window larger. And what’s up with 1/3 of the viewable area not being used while looking at wall-to-wall conversations? It would have been a lot more nifty if the layout flowed depending on how wide the window was.

Just some thoughts.

Sincerely,
–James

P.S. Oh, just remembered. That you know that guy Joe Minifeed? Why are you calling him “Mr. Wall” now?

P.P.S. Try loading the main page with the window not full length. Scroll to the right. Note the fun redraw issues. I’ll bet we see Firefox 3.0.2, “Facebook Edition” pretty soon.

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5 Responses to “About the Facebook redesign”


  1. 1 Ben Leggett July 22, 2008 at 2:05 am

    If it works with the Windows version of Firefox, but not the Linux version, wouldn’t that be a Firefox issue? Firefox should display/render the same on all platforms. If it doesn’t, that’s not Facebook’s problem, it’s Mozilla’s. Or am I missing something here?

  2. 2 James July 22, 2008 at 2:20 am

    So it does work with the Windows version? Very odd. Yeah, I guess that would make it a Linux Firefox bug.

    They appear to be using some sort of prefetching or redirection javascript. It generates URLs like:
    http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/profile.php?id=0000000000&ref=nf#wall

    Which is actually a pretty strange URL, since hashes usually refer to a subsection of a page, not a completely different page.

  3. 3 James July 22, 2008 at 2:24 am

    Hey, look what I found!
    http://support.mozilla.com/tiki-view_forum_thread.php?locale=tr&comments_parentId=78658&forumId=1

    People on all platforms are having this issues and the solution is (drumroll please)…

    Disabling Adblock! D-:

  4. 4 James July 22, 2008 at 2:28 am

    With experimentation, it’s starting to look like pages linked to from the main page won’t load until the ad server is contacted.

    Also, it appears WordPress stopped letting blog authors edit/merge their own comments. 😦

  5. 5 mpthompson July 25, 2008 at 2:34 am

    I’ve been having a ton of problems with Firefox 3 on Ubuntu accessing Facebook pages. For me, the when Firefox displays a Facebook page the CPU get’s pegged at 100% and things run slow as molasses. Disabling Adblock did nothing to alleviate the problem.

    What solved the issue for me was getting “User Agent Switcher” and setting the “Internet Explorer 7” user agent for Firefox. All problems then went away and Facebook runs snappy as any other site.

    I would suggest that this is Facebook’s problem as they can clearly pass code to Firefox 3 that works fine when the only difference is the User Agent string returned from the browser. However, whether they care to fix it is another story.


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