Facebook introduces new profile page design

Darren Allan

December 6, 2010

Facebook has been tinkering again, and the result is a new, more visual focused profile page for its half billion plus user base.

The rejigged page is headed up by basic information about the user, such as their job, where they live and who their married to. As Facebook Engineer Josh Wiseman puts it, “the kinds of conversation starters you share with people you’ve just met or exchange with old friends as you get reacquainted.”

And underneath that is a strip of recently tagged photos of yourself, because as Facebook puts it, there’s no better way to learn about a person than having a look at some of their photographs.

Users can now also highlight friends, featured friends being those most important to you, such as family, best friends or club mates. And finally, the redesigned profile introduces new methods of sharing hobbies, philosophies and so forth. You’ll be able to tag the team you follow, or sport you play, to better enable finding those with similar interests.

As usual, the roll out of this new feature is happening gradually, so odds are you won’t see anything happening on your account yet, or for a while. Everyone should be upgraded by early next year, however.

Those who have been amongst the first to receive the redesign have not been too welcoming of the tweaks, as is often the case when Facebook changes stuff.

Facebook user Kimberley France posted: “OMG! The new profile is horrible! The idea behind it is great, but it looks awful!!! If you could choose the order that the information and pics are posted in it would be better. As is, I don’t like it at all.”

James Prentice posted: “A settings tab to switch between the old and the new profile style would be greatly appreciated. Me not being the only online user who dislikes this new layout, it would be more appreciated by the majority of facebook. A lot of users are going back to myspace ;)”


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