Facebook has very subtly changed its logo – so, can you tell the difference?

Facebook has very subtly changed its logo – so, can you tell the difference?

You may not have noticed if someone hadn’t told you, but Facebook has very subtly changed its famous ‘f’ icon. 

Staff at the Meta-owned platform have hailed their redesign as ‘bolder, electric and everlasting’ – words that suggest a dramatic major rebrand worthy of Elon Musk

However, the new Facebook logo is strikingly similar to the old version. 

The biggest change is the background, which is a different shade of blue, described as ‘a more confident expression of Facebook’s core blue colour’. 

There are other even more subtle alterations – so, can you spot them? 

Can you tell the difference? The most noticeable change is a deeper blue for the background – but there are other alterations 

Facebook logo: Design changes 

The new logo – but would you have noticed?

  • Bluer background 
  • No ‘halo’ effect 
  • Fatter ‘f’ 
  • More angled right edge 

Meta, Mark Zuckerberg’s company that owns Facebook, said it is ‘redefining Facebook’s brand identity’ with the changes. 

It describes them as ‘the first phase of a refreshed identity’ suggesting more tweaks to how the platform looks are on their way. 

It’s unclear how much it’s cost Meta to redesign the logo; the firm refused to comment when contacted by MailOnline.  

‘Our intention was to create a refreshed design of the Facebook logo that was bolder, electric and everlasting,’ it said in a blog post.

‘Each of the distinctive, new refinements drive greater harmony across the entire design as a key element of the app’s identity. 

‘We’ve done this by incorporating a more confident expression of Facebook’s core blue color that is built to be more visually accessible in our app and provides stronger contrast for the “f” to stand apart.’ 

Anyone who didn’t know Facebook altered its logo likely wouldn’t have noticed if Meta hadn’t pointed it out, because the changes are so slight. 

The vertical line of the ‘f’ is very slightly fatter, while the left side of the letter’s horizonal line is shorter and the right side has a more angled edge. 

But the biggest difference is the background surrounding the letter, a deeper, bolder shade of blue. 

The colour is also more uniform and no longer has the white gleam towards the top that indicated light from above like a ‘halo’. 

Some Facebook users seem unimpressed, with one taking to Twitter to say: ‘Blue is blue, as far as I’m concerned.’

However, a more eagle-eyed user described the new colour as ‘a pretty noticeable change’. 

Meta describes the changes as ‘the first phase of a refreshed identity’ suggesting more tweaks to how the platform looks are on their way

Social media consultant Rhea Freeman said the new logo is ‘more striking’ but overall the changes are ‘pretty minor’. 

‘I don’t think it’s bad to keep updating a logo, and I think subtle changes promote confidence,’ she told MailOnline. 

‘When you have a brand that’s as successful as Facebook (and so recognisable) it makes a lot of sense to have subtle changes rather than big ones as it aligns with growth and evolution rather than change, as this can be very unnerving for users.’ 

The full word version of the Facebook logo (the ‘wordmark’) has also been changed with similar tweaks – more angled edges and less space between the letters. 

The full word version of the Facebook logo (the ‘wordmark’) has also been changed

The wordmark uses a custom typeface that you’re not going to find on Microsoft Word, called Facebook Sans. 

‘Similar to the changes to the logo symbol, these refinements allowed us to build upon the heritage of our identity, while creating a stronger relationship between how the wordmark pairs with the rest of the typeface,’ the firm said. 

For a trip down memory lane, Meta also posted a short animation of the various icons used during Facebook’s near 20-year history. 

The first one, dating to 2005, has a very clunky look to it now, although designers must have thought it the epitome of stylishness back in the day. 

For those who don’t remember, Facebook’s logo used to be square before making the switch to a circle in 2019. 

The wordmark uses a custom typeface that you’re not going to find on Microsoft Word, called Facebook Sans

‘Facebook’ used to be the name of the company that owned the social network Facebook until October 2021, when it was changed to Meta.

Before this, staff had experimented with different designs in an attempt to distinguish the company from the product. 

In 2019, it got an updated capitalised corporate logo – FACEBOOK – but it was mocked by users as ‘more shouty’

Meta also owns WhatsApp and Instagram but it recently added another platform to its empire this summer – a rival to Twitter called ‘Threads’

Meta Threads EXPLAINED: Mark Zuckerberg launches ‘Twitter-killer’ app where users can share text, links, photos and videos 

In July, Meta launched its new ‘text-based conversation’ app Threads – and it looks rather a lot like Twitter.

Threads – which is closely linked to the Instagram app – lets users share text posts up to 500 characters in length, as well as links, photos and five-minute videos. 

Anyone who already has an Instagram account will be given a Threads account with the same username, although they have to download the Threads app. 

Meta rolled out Threads in more than 100 countries for both iOS and Android, including the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. 

Big name celebrities who used Threads as part of Meta’s promotional efforts include chef Gordon Ramsay, pop star Shakira and F1 driver Lando Norris.

Sign-ups to Threads initially boomed in the days following its launch, but unfortunately for Zuckerberg, the app is having trouble getting people to actually use it.

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