New profile pages were unveiled on Facebook today adding more information to users profile pages making them a bit more personal looking as well as a couple of other changes. You can now expect to see more basic information on the top of a users page instead of having to go on the info tab. The information that now appears on the top of a profile includes birthday, current city, home town, schooling and work. Another change you can expect at the top of profile pages are the most recent tagged images of a user. You can see what the profiles now look like below by checking out what my profile now looks like.
Another thing that you may notice is different is the status bar on the top of your page. No longer can you simply type what you want to update about, you now have to click on the status manually (for those that have the iPhone app, like on that app) and then you can update. I am honestly not sure how long this will last, as I wonder if it will cut back on the number of status updates that are made. Typically online users like things as simple as possible, and something so small like clicking an extra mouse click can make all of the difference in what action a user will take.
The update on the status also made updating Facebook fan pages a bit more difficult. No longer is there the option to post text, and then put a link, when I was updating one earlier with a link, I had to type the status, then paste in the URL into the status box, wait on my site and link to pop up, then remove the URL. That doesn’t exactly scream of being user friendly. Of the changes though, my only real complaint is with the status updates, and I have a feeling that Facebook may be rethinking that one over the coming weeks though.
Another thing that you will notice perhaps when digging a little more is that pictures have changed quite a bit. They are now larger than ever before! Bigger pictures on Facebook should create a little more interest in people that currently don’t upload a ton, and it may entice users to do more sharing of their personal moments with friends and family. You can check out what the new larger images look like below:
In addition to the larger images, there was another pretty large update with the photos. They can now be organized very easily. You can change the order of individual images as well as the order of albums! This is a great took for managing online photos and again, will help to entice more users to move away from services like Flickr and Picasa and on to Facebook. I went ahead and took a screen shot of an image in motion to post below, you can move the albums around just like the images, so it would look virtually the same.
Overall, the changes were very good. If it wasn’t clear in the past few months with Facebook announcements, it should be clear now. Facebook wants to take over the online world. They are setting up and moving in the direction of becoming the single website that a user will need, web 2.0 brought the advent of social networking, and I suspect web 3.0 is going to be much more based on social media website with a heavy reliance on applications.
Question: What do you guys think of the new Facebook update?