Which is better,the old layout or the new one?
In all honesty I never hated it. Sure it was confusing on the first day but I got used to it very quickly. Although, I don't like how sometimes when I write on someone's wall that the system cuts out parts of what I wrote despite it being under 200 characters. So due to that I've been sticking to messaging. But other than that I don't mind the new layout.
The search function sucks and when I get a reply I have no clue what thread I am getting the reply from.
Yeah, I'm not a fan of the notification messages at all.
But what you should be able to do is hover your cursor over the link to the thread and the url will pop up towards the bottom of your screen (works for me on Chrome)