Windows users will be familiar with the weekly update schedule Microsoft employs in trying to patch bugs, add a few features and so forth. Lately, Facebook has been been making changes and upgrades at a pace that most web apps—including apps from Google’s stable—have never done before. Even with such a huge infrastructure to handle and a potential community outburst at every turn, they roll out updates anyway.
Few days ago, Facebook upgraded the way the profile page looks. It’s a big deal because in mere seconds visitors will get all that there is to know about you in a nutshell. Follow me after the break for a glimpse at the new Facebook profile page and learn how to enable it.
The new profile hasn’t been rolled out to everyone and is opt-in only at the moment. Once enabled, your new profile will begin with a quick overview of basic information such as where you’re from, where you went to school and where you work, all at the top of the page. This way, people who are specifically looking for someone, or your old acquaintances, will know if you’re the one they’ve been looking forward to reconnecting with.
To help make things perfect, images where you’ve been tagged recently are displayed. So even if some of your old friends forget details about you, they can definitely identify you from the photos you’ve uploaded. Also a larger profile picture does look great on the profile page and no more squinting eyes now that the stamp sized image is gone!
Second in the list of changes is an interesting friends feature. You can now choose to pronounce which of your friends are more important than others! With this feature, you can create a group of friends, teammates or family, or just use the existing list of friends and showcase them prominently.
Improved Photos & Friends Pages
Facebook’s new “infinite scroll” feature, is a much faster and cool way to browse all your photos. The updated Friends page makes it easier to locate and learn about people you are looking for. A quick search by name, hometown, school or with a number of other dimensions will yield better results than before.
Interests & Experiences
There’s already a buzz in the blogosphere that Facebook has borrowed prime elements of the new design from LinkedIn. Although, it’s not uncommon for Facebook to “borrow” from apps that are in the spotlight at the moment. The profile now gives you new ways to share your interests and activities.
Interests & Experience
You can make your personal page more professional by listing the projects you’ve worked on at your job, classes you took in school, your favorite actors and the like. You’re no longer as limited when adding things in this section. Go nuts and be frank about your outlook on life, religion, politics or for that matter anything in this world!
Enabling the New Design
To enable the new design before it’s rolled out to everyone, visit here. Here, a brief description of the new features and how they will look are shown along with details of your friends who’ve already opted for the new design. All you have to do is select the Get the new Design button and the new profile page will be waiting for you. To add missing details, select the respective titles and add them. And when you are adding the languages you speak, do not add multiple items separated by a comma. Hit the enter button for each language and a new field to fill the next language you know will show up automatically.
Share Your Thoughts!
Do you like the new Facebook profile page design? Is it time Facebook stopped cloning features and design elements from competitors? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section. Thanks!