Facebook is redesigned and offers new features

acebook has undergone a redesign and is offering new features, as it looks to stand out in the competitive social media space.

The revamp features a simpler design, along with the opportunity for users to preview and test new site features. The company is inviting people to use the new design and try out the improved features by navigating back and forth between the new and current versions of the social networking site.

Access to the new design will be limited at first, but will gradually become available to all of Facebook's roughly 80 million worldwide users.

Among several new features, a "publisher" feature enables users to create content in a centralised area. Using the feature, a user can add photos, upload video, or write notes, rather than navigating to each individual application.

In addition, third-party applications are more tightly integrated into Facebook, to make using applications simpler. Users will have the option to interact with an application before adding it, grant it access to their information, and decide where they want it placed, if at all, on their profiles.

The new Facebook design will be made available to users at www.new.facebook.com. In the coming weeks, all Facebook users will automatically default to the new site design when logging in at www.facebook.com.

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said: "We've made the changes rolling out today in order to highlight the most recent and relevant information that users value, give users even more control and ownership over their profiles and simplify the user experience."

He added: "Facebook's new design makes it a lot easier for users to share information, and we encourage them to check it out."

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