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Petition: Facebook Increase Page Width for Developers
One of the things that frustrates me with all of the new Facebook apps is how many are squished into a tiny box. As I meet with more developers and startups, I see the need for more real estate within the Facebook environment.
First, Facebook itself is only set at the 800 screen resolution, we are passed that now Mark, this ain’t ’03. I remember the days when we moved from 600 to 100% – boy those were the days. I don’t understand why they simply can’t adjust the site to move at least to 1000 pixels, which would give the developers a minimum of 200 additional pixels to work with. I believe this would also reduce development time as the app creators wouldn’t need to spend as much time on trying to fit everything into the tiny box.
In addition, the current setup for Facebook could use some simple edits which would offer app creators an additional 150 pixels and create an entirely new platform – we can call it f9. Let’s move the app bar to the top and remove the skyscraper advert (see my mockup below). The advert has not once been targeted (which is a shock, who is selling facebook’s ads?) and I have no desire to pick who’s breasts the picture belongs to. It just cheapens the facebook brand. The entire left bar can be safely removed.
So with that said, I propose a petition to Facebook which you can join in the comments or by adding your own post about the topic.
"At a minimum, increase the site width to 1000 pixels and preferably, remove the left menu and let the app creators maximize their value which will increase the Facebook brand value as well."
Wetpaint Facebook app – notice how they had to work overtime with every pixel to cram everything in. And when you want to edit the Wiki – they had to overlay the page to fit in the panel – and they did an excellent job.
MyCheckout Facebook app – again a tight squeeze – would work better with 200 px of white space to work with