There’s some big news regarding Facebook that is being rolled out today that is certainly eye-catching for many people, as Facebook is, yet again, receiving a new ‘look.’ However, this came as a surprise, after view Mark Zuckerberg on 60 Minutes, because Zuckerberg’s interview and the new layout have absolutely nothing in common. Facebook’s been busy; launching, tweaking, adding Facebook Places, changing the Photos, Groups and Deals. So what exactly will be changing this time? Well they announced yesterday afternoon that they’re redesigning profile pages, among other things. Facebook posted a video regarding the changes on their Twitter account. As always, you’ll have to update your profile to the ‘new look’ and then Facebook kindly offers a tour of how to navigate through all the changes; and as with most things in life, there are pros and cons. The bottom line is, Facebook has redesigned Profile Pages. Not a complete overhaul, but enough to sit down and learn the new features. Personally, I like the new Facebook, and should get used to the new design shortly. As always, people out there will undoubtedly create groups or pages boycotting the new design. Oh well. It gives them something to do. After reviewing the pros and cons below, and after being able to play around with the new design, let me know your thoughts by clicking here.
“Photos”: Photos can now be added to the top of your profile page. This makes your page a little more intriguing to visit. It’s a nice looking feature that’s easy to use. If you don’t like the fact that it’s smashed between the “Bio” section and the wall, then you can simply hit the “x” on the photo to hide it. Adding photos to the top of one’s profile page is a nice feature, making profile pages more visually engaging. The feature just looks nice, unfortunately it’s sandwiched between the horrid “Bio” section and one’s wall.
“Education and Work”: In addition to simply adding which school(s) you attended, you can now get detailed by adding which classes you took, classmates and other minor details with relation to education and places you’ve been employed. This is a pro because Facebook is making it easier for us to connect with one another based on common past times or interests. Watch out LinkedIn. Facebook will soon offer ALL the goods, quietly eliminating all those other single use social network sites.
“Interests”: Like Photos, this section is visually appealing as well. Again with being detailed, you now have the ability to add your favorite Celebrities, Sports Teams and Television shows, among much more. You can also add “People who inspire you” which gives your profile viewers even further insight into makes you, you. I remember MySpace had a section where you could list your “hero.” Lastly, you can also set up specific friend lists on your profile. Ladies, now you can truly showcase your BFFs. This is very similar to the Twitter lists, however, you can set privacy settings on these lists to monitor who can view which lists. The Privacy options are the same as before, which is nice. These lists will also appear in the “friends” section of those people’s pages. I would almost look at it as tagging people in a photo, but in a much different manner. Again, Facebook is aiming to connect more people together.
“Personal Bio”: This section seems a bit cluttered. It’s supposed to be a brief rundown of your life and recent past. This is not the case. Facebook quotes:
“Your profile begins with a quick summary of who you are, giving friends an easy way to see where you live now, where you’re working and more. A collection of recently tagged photos also shows what you’ve been up to lately.”
A quick summary it is not. What is so cluttered about the “bio” section? Keywords are hyperlinked, which means you’re taken to another page other than your profile.
“Navigation”: Nothing really changed. Facebook just moved some things, actually making it harder (at first) to navigate; not only because of the new location, but because of the much smaller link size. Facebook designers took the tabs at the top the profile titled “Wall,” “Photos” and “Info” and moved them directly below your profile picture. Navigation also lacks in certain places where the same thing is offered twice in two different places on your profile pages. Such as photos. Again, the new link is right below your profile picture, but it’s also halfway down the page on the left margin. Duplication much? I think so.
“Interests”: Yes, “Interests” is listed in both Pros and Cons. Facebook is now giving people the option to edit their own friend’s interests with respect to sports. For example, I can on a friends page and change their favorite team to that team’s rival, or change a specific sport in general to a completely different sport that they really aren’t interested in. This will start out as a fun little game, like poking people, and then quickly turn into an extremely annoying feature. This is also very interesting because with enough annoyance, this could push friends apart, rather than connect them closer, which is always one of Facebook’s primary goals.