Facebook Tests Navigation Bar Layout With Search On Left, Messages And Notifications On Right

Facebook’s accelerated focus on search may soon be extended to the navigation bar that appears throughout the site, as sister blog Inside Facebook reported, via a tip from Ignited Art Director Jeremy Carson, that some users of the social network are seeing a rejiggered version of the navigation bar, with the search box next to the word “Facebook,” and the icons for messages and notifications pushed to the right-hand side.

Inside Facebook pointed out that this test version of the navigation bar also does not feature a “home” link, meaning that users must click the Facebook logo to return to their homepages.

Facebook began testing a “search the Web” link in its typehead results in July, following the addition of the phrase, “Search for people, places, and things,” to the search box in June.

Readers: What do you think Facebook will eventually decide on in terms of positioning its search box within its navigation bar?

Screen grab courtesy of Jeremy Carson, via Inside Facebook.

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