During his interview on the TV show 60 Minutes last weekend, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg revealed the new Facebook profile pages. With the new profile page design, Facebook is now becoming more visual – the new design displays more information about the user and makes greater use of photos.
One of the first things you’ll quickly notice with the new profile page design is that the once prominent “Tabs” have been moved to the left column, right below the profile picture and now appear as buttons. The area which “Tabs” used to be is now occupied by what are called “conversation starters” – information about the user like educational background, location, birthday, etc. which are basic information that people usually share with people they talk to hence the name “conversation starters”. Below the conversation starters section is a string of photos displaying the last five tagged/uploaded photos.
Screenshot of Mark Zuckerberg’s profile using the new Facebook profile page design:
Some of the features included in the new Facebook profile page are:
- Featured friends and family on the left column (which can be specified/organized by the user). Aside from highlighting your friends and family, you can also highlight other important people in your life like Best Friends, Coworkers, High School Buddies, etc.
- New Photos page that lets you view all album photos in one page. No more clicking on th “Next” or “Previous” buttons to view the rest of the photos.
- Share your experiences and how you spend your time like the projects at work, classes you’re taking in school and other activities or hobbies that you enjoy doing. You can also include (tag) friends who share those experiences with you.
- Discover common interests and connect with your friends who share the same interests by showcasing your top interests like your favorite sports, favorite sports team, favorite movies, etc.
The new Facebook profile page will be rolled out to all Facebook user accounts within the next few months but if you can’t wait and would want to have the new profile page, all you need to do is go to this link – http://www.facebook.com/about/profile/ and click on the “Get the New Profile” button on the upper right corner of the page.
Like in previous cases, I’m sure not everyone will be happy with the new Facebook profile page design and we will hear users complain about it. But IMHO, this new profile page design is not bad at all and after a few months, I’m sure everyone will get used to it. For those who are concerned about privacy and displaying personal information on your Facebook profile, make sure you correctly configure your profile’s privacy settings.
Anyone here switched to the new Facebook profile page? What do you think of the new profile page design? What are the features that you would want to be added/removed? Please share your thoughts.