Facebook announced today that it has redesigned Facebook Messages with side-by-side layout and easier search.
The new layout shows a scroll menu of all your messages on the left, with the full contents of a selected message on the right. The style is similar to many email clients.
Facebook says users can “bring conversations to life with multiple photos and emoticons.” Photos have long been a driving form of content for Facebook, so that’s no surprise but is a cool feature.
The social network claims it has simplified search by allowing users to find messages by sender name or keyword and made navigation easier by adding keyboard commands.
Facebook says the update will roll out to a small percentage starting today and will be available to all users in the next couple weeks.
Facebook Engineering also posted a note today explaining the technical aspects and challenges they faced in building the new message layout, an effort they dubbed “the mercury project.”
Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 1 billion monthly active users. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 weeks, half of the schools in the Boston area began demanding a Facebook network. Zuckerberg immediately recruited his friends Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes, and Eduardo Saverin to help build Facebook, and within four months, Facebook added 30 more college networks. The original...