Upgrade Your Profile with New Facebook Profile Pages

Tomorrow, Facebook will officially announce a redesign of profile pages, and Mark Zuckerberg will offer a “sneak peak” of these pages on 60 Minutes tonight. However, if you can’t wait, you can get these new Facebook Profile Pages by going to http://www.facebook.com/about/profile/ and clicking on the green button at the top right of the page, “Get The New Profile.”

Here’s What You Can Expect

The new profile page summarizes your employment, education, residence, hometown, relationship status, and birthday in a “header,” which ends up looking a little ridiculous if you’ve made a joke out of any one of those entry fields. (For example, I made a bit of a mockery out of my college experience, quoting an Asher Roth song where my field of study should have been. This doesn’t translate very well into the redesigned Facebook page.) Below this header are recent photos you’ve been tagged in…which is, in consideration, a lot like what MySpace did after their major redesign.

Other new major profile page features include “featured relationship lists” along the left side of your profile, which default to 10 randomly selected friends, the person you are in a relationship with, as well as your entire family. You can also create a custom list here by clicking on the pencil that appears when you over over the title of any of these lists. Along the right side of your profile are your active pokes, (I know – I thought these were dead, too,) and a long list of targeted advertisements. Another big change is that the “about” box below the profile picture, where you could formerly enter random, vague, or elusive text, has been removed.

While the wall page does not seem to have any major modifications, the “Info” page is a bit more structured, with the ability for your employers and school to add images to their profiles, and all of your interests converted to images. The page doesn’t have any other new features, but does look more organized. The Photo page has also been redesigned, allowing you to see both albums and the entirety of your photos on the same page.

The new profile page redesign seems to recreate profiles as more informative for the end-user; your friends. Since the top and sides stay static as you browse each section of a profile, users’ basic information and network remains visible throughout your own stalking browsing experience. This redesign, however, does seem to take some control out of the individual to show their personality through their profile- the new design makes adding anything other than strict facts into your profile almost awkward, and the inclusion of random pictures in the header could lead to users more strongly considering what pictures they even post on Facebook altogether. The good thing, for now, is that Facebook appears to be letting users opt-in to these new pages, rather than forcing users to upgrade immediately.

Have you switched to the new profile pages on Facebook yet? Do you like the new changes, or do you think the redesign is just another unnecessary feature for Facebook?

Article Written by

Kelly Clay, author of Blog Without Boundaries, is a freelance writer and lifestyle advisor.

  • Sara

    To be honest, I am really sad that they made these changes! Now the font is much smaller on the real facebook page, and it seems like they are forcing you to go public with a lot of things. The old facebook page is MUCH MUCH cleaner! Why do they keep changing Facebook? I mean, it is NOT myspace, they should leave it the way it is, simple, professional and focused on status updates/comments/pictures. The main features of Facebook that people love!

  • http://facebook.com Janae

    I honestly dont like it too much…I mean its cool if you want to orgnaize everything but at the same time now I feel like it’s myspace with all these random upgrades lol. I clicked the change profile thing and now I can’t switch back for some reason smh uggggghhhhhhh

  • Jelena Jovanovic

    So I just upgraded my profile… But I don’t like it…
    Is there any way to “downgrade” it??

  • Angela

    The new profile design is more cramped, less stylish, and advertisements are 75 pixels wider.

    I’m not really a fan of the new layout at all.. it’s just.. not Facebook anymore.

  • http://magstags.com Mags

    I have just upgraded mine and testing it- looks quite interesting. I have a feeling that it shows a bit too mych info. The good thing is that you can deleted photos from your profile, which you do not like and which are generated automatically. Generally, it looks like you can make many twists there, so the new facebook profile looks quite flexible. Thanks for sharing this information, Kelly- nice post.

    • http://xrystaline.weebly.com/ Pr. Karus

      I love the new changes… except for the fact you can’t put things where you want them. I’d rather have my bio FIRST, because that info is actually important.

  • Aaron

    ii think its rubbish, ii hav loads of vids on the link app that i need & there isnt one on this new layout. how do you get the old layout back?

  • http://www.seattlerevealed.net Leslie Burns

    “Stalking” was right! I’m going to upgrade right now. I don’t see the point in fighting the changes anymore. Might as well just roll with it.

  • Melinda

    I want to go back. Please tell us howwww!!!

  • Heather

    I Wanna Go Back To! Tell Me How Cuz I Surely Dont Like This!!!

  • Nouran Mosaad

    pls… I have upgraded it and now I am REGRETTING! How can I get the old one back??? :( PLS ANSWER! phewww


    I hate it! You cant read my saying under my profile picture, and I cant change it back, thats the worse thing.. should have just left it alone.. since i dont like it much i wont be in Fb that much either.


    by the way, how do i change it back? =(
    Looks like no one likes the new Fb.

  • http://facebook precious

    i like it and dont like it i want to downgrade it please

  • Kean Butterfield

    I didn’t sign up for these alterations that give me less,
    and no control over my images, or how I’m represented, and to whom.
    I want to select the pictures I display, not have random pictures posted from my pictures that I can’t remove or change. Is this possible, or am I not seeing a way to do my own editing for the new fangled profile display??

  • Mattbarnes951

    My personal preference is Wunderlist. It synchronises with a program on the windows pc or a mac which is so easy to use. It gives you push notifications when you are due to be doing a task.