Facebook’s Most Underwhelming Change of All Time

Did you ever notice that the ‘Friends’ icon on Facebook had the woman standing behind the man? Will you notice now that the woman is in front of the man? If not, then the hard work of Facebook’s design manager Caitlin Winner could possibly be described as a colossal waste of everyone’s time.


As you can see, on the left – the ‘before’ in the least extreme makeover conceivable – the female in the icon is behind the male and thus, missing a bit of her shoulder. Caitlin Winner, the visionary behind the brave new look, felt this meant the female drawing had ‘a chip on her shoulder’.

Wait, it gets better:

As a woman, educated at a women’s college, it was hard not to read into the symbolism of the current icon; the woman was quite literally in the shadow of the man, she was not in a position to lean in.

Well, I’m a woman too, and yet I found it extremely easy not to read into the symbolism of the icon on account of it being the least important thing in the world. I guess that’s why I’m writing for this site instead of Jezebel…

Apparently the new icon was the result of ‘dozens of iterations’.

Of course, subtle, un-newsworthy design changes are completely normal on major websites and apps, but can’t we all agree that Facebook’s design team would be better off tasked with making it so that our news feeds could once again actually show us what all of our friends are posting?

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