Facebook announced today that it is now rolling out the new profile design to all users. The design debuted last month, when CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared in an interview for 60 Minutes on CBS, and the company made the option available for users to switch.
To be perfectly honest, having switched my own profile back then, I kind of forgot they didn’t roll this out on a wide scale until now. I’m guessing I’m not alone, because according to Facebook, hundreds of millions of others had already made the switch as well.
To recap, the new profile includes the following features (as described by Facebook):
– A quick summary of who you are (like where you live, work and grew up), right at the top of your profile
– A row of recently tagged photos so friends can see what you’ve been up to lately
– Room to highlight meaningful friendships (like teammates, co-workers or roommates)
– More of your favorite activities and interests
– The ability to tag your friends in important life experiences
One of the biggest complaints about the new profile is the prominence of photos that you don’t actually have control over. For example, my brother can tag me in a less than flattering photo of myself, and that might be the first image people see when they visit my profile (apart from my profile picture itself). To be fair, you do have some control over this. You can remove pictures from this section if they appear, but then your friends (or siblings) can call you out on it.
All in all, the new profile isn’t bad, but I find a couple other features Facebook has recently released to far less fanfare a bit more interesting. For example, the whole facial recognition thing and new news feed options.
What do you think of the new profile design?