by Elizabeth Kricfalusi, Tech for Luddites
One of my writing buddies and frequent visitor to this blog, Charmian, recently commented on the Facebook topic, What do you think of the new Facebook layout? One of the things she mentioned was how difficult it is to find Groups and Pages now. (In the previous design, there was a nice box at the top right of the home page that listed all of the Applications that you've added.) I agree, so figured that this would be a good topic for me to cover here. (Hope you don't mind me co-opting your issue, C!)
The first thing you need to know is now you access all your Facebook Applications from the link at the bottom left of the page. When you click it, a menu pops up with a list of the applications that you've bookmarked (more on bookmarks below).
You probably have a Groups link in the menu that you can click to go to the page that lists all the groups you belong to as well as ones that your friends have recently joined. If it's not there, keep reading...
At the top of the menu are the apps you've most recently visited/used. Under that is a section with six of your apps listed. These are the ones that also appear on the status bar beside the menu for easier access.
I have no idea why Facebook has limited this number to six, since there's a lot more space available on that bar. But then again, I have no idea why Facebook does a lot of things...
If you want a different application to appear on the status bar, you can just drag one from the menu to where you want it in that section. The one currently in the sixth position will drop below the line.
I mentioned that the apps in this menu are the ones that you've bookmarked. In many cases, you probably did this without realizing it, because previously you were prompted to choose that option when you installed the app, which is not the case now.
However, if one of your apps isn't listed—for example, Groups—you can add it by clicking the Edit link at the top of the menu, which takes you to a list of your apps.
Note: By default, this page lists only the apps you've used in the last month. To see ALL of the ones you've installed, you need to select Authorized from the dropdown list, because you had to have authorized the application to be able to add it. (And yes, it is a confusing term in this context...)
To add Groups to the pop-up menu, click the Edit Settings link, then the Bookmark tab, and add a checkmark.
Note: When you do this, the app is added to the bottom of the Applications menu. Again, to add it to the status bar, drag the link up to the section with the six that currently appear on the bar.
Also, if you go to an Application's page that isn't already bookmarked, a prompt will appear beside the six icons that lets you add it, as you can see in the screenshot below, where I'm on the Causes page. In this case, when you click the link, it automatically adds this app to your status bar, bumping the last one to the menu only.
I wish I could tell you that the steps above apply to Pages as well but, unfortunately, no.
Note: In case you don't know, Pages are created by companies, nonprofits, and other branded entities (e.g. musical groups) that you can become a "fan" of. They're also referred to now as Public Profiles, which you'll see in your list of filters in the left-hand section of your home page.
Now, if you've become a fan of several Pages, you may want to see a list of them all so you can go check out what's new on them. (Their updates do appear on your News Feed, but Pages have additional features as well, that you can only access from their main page.) For example, I'm a fan of the World Wildlife Fund, Chuck (the TV show), and author Allison Winn Scotch, among other Pages.
Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be an application for Pages that you can add to your menu to quickly go to that list.
Note: You may have noticed that there's a link to an app called Ads and Pages in my menu, but that goes to a list of Pages that I have created and manage—NOT the ones that I'm just a fan of.
At first, I thought the only way to see my list of Pages was to manually type in www.facebook.com/pages and then click on My Pages.
However, as you can see from the screenshot above, I became a fan of the "Pages" Page, where I could post a question to find out if there was any other way to access that page. Another user did point out to me that a subset of the list appears on the Info tab of your Profile page, with a See All link that takes you to that same page I mentioned above.
I would prefer having the ability to either bookmark this page, or create its own tab on my Profile, but it doesn't seem like that's an option. If anyone knows another, faster way to access this page, please let me know and I'll update this post.