Facebook marks 6th birthday with redesign

5 Feb 2010

Popular social-networking site Facebook has spruced up its homepage again. A clever step to mark six years or a mid-life crisis comb-over?

This time, the redesign plants more of Facebook’s core features and settings on the homepage, in order to prevent users from having to jump from page to page to access their favourite items.

The first group of Facebook members would have noticed the redesign on Thursday night – the day Facebook marked its sixth anniversary.

Facebook has another fix-up in the works, as well. The company is reportedly also ready to revamp its internal e-mail program and replace it with a full-featured web mail application.

The new e-mail system will support both POP and IMAP, so users can use it outside Facebook and be able to set up their own Facebook vanity URL as their address, for example, joe.smith@facebook.com.

Photo: Social-networking site Facebook has revamped its homepage

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years