Facebook Marketplace updates look with new icons
03 May 2017
As Facebook Marketplace passes the half-year-old point, the upstart classified app has had a few growing pains — complaints about scams and lockouts have appeared in an ever scrupulous media. So Facebook is dressing up the new kid on the block in some fancier duds.
This week’s redesign adds brightly colored category icons to the top of the app’s screen plus a now-scrollable list of item categories.
The redesign makes it faster to get into a category — one tap instead of two — and makes discovery easier, given that most people come to the app with a shopping goal in mind (to find clothing, appliances, furniture) rather than random browsing.
Sub-categories allow users to go granular: under Electronics, for example, you can choose from Mobile Phones or Electronics & Computers.
Another new icon allows quick access to nearby garage sales. These are also listed under the Classifieds category (which includes Housing ads).
Facebook hasn’t shared how well Marketplace is doing, but one blogger has already deemed it unpopular and suggested the redesign was an attempt at beefing up the buzz factor.
Marketplace has over 27 categories grouped according to themes: Home, Entertainment, Clothing & Accessories, Family, Electronics, Hobbies, Vehicles & Bicycles and Classifieds.
Should Craigslist be worried after the redesign, especially given the extra prominence Facebook has given to Garage Sales and Housing? Not yet, Engadget quipped. “Facebook’s classifieds sadly doesn’t have ‘Missed Connections.’”