We've got tabs!

As most of you probably already noticed, we just added tabs to the top of FriendFeed:

Based on our usability studies, we think this will make it a lot easier to navigate around FriendFeed. For example, if you click a Google Reader icon in your FriendFeed to see all the Google Reader shared items from your friends, your tabs will look like this:

We made sure the tabs don't push down the content of your FriendFeed (in fact, your feed is now a few pixels higher than it was before). Our UI extraordinaire Kevin will do a blog post soon to talk more about the design thinking behind the tabs, but we wanted to get this new version out in front of you as early as possible to incorporate your feedback and suggestions.

Of course, it's always a little weird to see a new look on a page that we've become so familiar with, and it takes some getting used to. But we like this new direction a lot, and we're looking forward to hearing what you think!

5 comments:

kilesa said...

it's great! so, maybe soon you'll implement search ;)

kilesa said...

meanwhile one can search his/her friendfeed on google with site:http://friendfeed.com/username ...

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Leonardo said...

Hi guys,
this idea of tabs does not conviced me so much. I'am a new user and I have not used FF before you implemented this tabs idea; so, I don't think it is a familiariaty problem.

1. You cannot immediately understand you have to click on the icon next to each "post" in order to filter them.
2. Tabs are usually things that remain unaltered during the interaction: here we have tabs that appear and disappears. I would say it lacks of consistency.
3. For the same reason it seems to me pretty strange that you have to click on "friends" or "me" in order to have the list unfiltred...
4. I think it is not a scalable solution: when users will have lots of different posts, coming from different friends, maybe they will need to filter two "services" and "one friend" ...i don't know...it could be useful...

So, maybe you can envision better solutions. If some ideas come to my mind I will tell you.
However, I really like your work: this is the reason why I'm spending some time to provide you with a feedback :) Good luck!

urbansheep said...

Tabs are great, thanks! It's a little confusing to enable service-filter through the click on the icon of the item though.

There's a post with some more ideas for the FF, so if you guys have some time, check it out. Most probably, you've got a lot of this discussed and/or planned or discarded already, but maybe there will be something of interest for you: Things to make better in FF (growing list)