Say Hello to the New Facebook

By Rahul Dowlath | Features

The “world’s youngest billionaire”, 26-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, announced on the show 60 Minutes, and his fellow Facebooker Josh Wiseman posted it on the company blog, the arrival of yet another redesign to the world’s favorite social network.

The redesign, which is launching in phases across the site’s 500 million-plus addicted users, is set to focus primarily on the prominence of Facebook’s most famous feature, Photos. Also on the cards is the consolidation of user information, in a bid to emphasize and personalize the Profile.

Hot on the trail of The Social Network, a brilliant and to some, controversial film of the creation of this behemoth network, Zuckerberg’s product has undergone yet another revamp in the hopes of enhancing the experience to a site that has managed to sustain itself in the highly volatile Web 2.0 market that has emerged so rapidly in the past few years.

The “new” Facebook is being rolled-out in phases to users, in a bid to stifle the usual protests from a small group of the 500 million users worldwide who always complain about a change to the user interface or experience to the site. In my opinion, however, this redesign is welcomed; it’s a nice change from having to use the (now old) tabbed interface for over two years.

The redesign displays a news feed of sorts of a user’s latest photos underneath a compilation of pertinent information relating to the individual. This information now includes interesting features such as allowing one to add projects which they’ve worked on, education information, relationship status, location data, and company/work-related tags. You can even add what languages you speak, and the courses you’ve studied/are studying at university or school.

This emphasis on a user’s information is seen as a move by the company to emphasize the individual, allow friends to access the most critical information as quick as possible, and to streamline the overall look and feel of the site.

Photos are an integral part of Facebook, and as such there’s a “reel” of the individual’s latest photos that appear underneath the user’s critical information.

A cool new feature (that to some may be controversial…) is the ability to allow users to display “featured friends”. According to Wiseman in the blog post introducing the feature, “You can now highlight the friends who are important to you, such as your family, best friends or teammates. Create new groups of friends, or feature existing friends lists.” Sounds cool, but it may turn a few faces sour at not being featured on there, so be warned!

I quite like this new redesign. The prominence of information related to the individual, especially tags relating to work experience, projects one has worked on, and education and courses one is or has been involved in, opens up the possibility to creating “new experiences” (as Wiseman noted in the blog post). Some will resent it, but hey, change is good if we want a better experience from the social network that has revolutionised the way we connect.

The changes are being rolled-out in phases, so not everyone will have the “New Facebook” right away. Check your profile periodically to see if it’s been updated.

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Alexis J. Reyes Pulgar December 10, 2010

Hi Mr:Zuckerberg;
I just got aware today about your give-away pledge of some of your huge wealth Mark.!!!
Well Thanks a lot Mark for doing so,The world needs this kind of values.
Iam 52 year Father of Three Children : Amythly Itzel Reyes – Murray wich is 10 years old, Bryan Vladimir Reyes- Murray 08 years old, and Sheila Mitchelle Reyes- Murray, which will turn 07 years old on December 13 /2010.
My Wife Iris Murray is a fulltime nurse Student
I have a M.D. degree in Family Medicine from Venezuela, But here in Canada it is hard to get my skills granted.
I just lost my Job, last Friday December 03 /2010 as school monitor;So for us Christmas will be little more complicated than usual this year.
In the idea that you are helping people out, here it is my case:
I do have huge amount of debts due to Study Loans (My wife and mine estimate amount $ 70,000.00 to 85,000.00 CAD.
We rent a House, But we want to be owners of a 05 bedrooms house;We also need a vehicle, may be a wonderful HUMMER with capacity for seven – eight people.;Plus another Mini-van for my wife (according her wishes).;We need a steady flow of money income going to ours BANK ACCOUNTS, product of some Full time permanent Job ,working for you MARK!!!; (I GOT SOME IDEAS TOO MARK),but no luck finding support so far. OR maybe be you have your own ideas in HOW TO GIVE US AN EFFECTIVE HAND !!!
My Wife was born in Mexico, she has 12 years or more that she does not hug or kiss her Mother, her Father and her two Brothers.No Vacations at all!!!.
I was Born in Venezuela, and like my wife, No Vacations at all too; Unable to kiss and hug my Mother since 1997, and my brothers and sisters since 1995.
My fathers dies las year June 03; My Brother dies in 2003, my grandma in 2005, as a bunch of other relatives,very close to me,their passed away; but , I could not attend their funerals for two reasons: Lack of Money and I CANNOT go back to VENEZUELA, cause Political turmoils over there.

Yes, Iam Canadian Citizen, same my wife ; of course, my three childrens were born here in Canada.

What can you do for us MARK.

My Address:
21-730 Deveron Cres.
London ON N5Z 4T6
Phone at Home (519 )649 1605.
E- Mail :

Thanks a lot


Michael December 9, 2010

Rahul, I’m afraid you made a typo. The program is 60 Minutes, not 60 Seconds, but 60 seconds is how long I generally watch the program. Such a Snooze. Just thought you might like to update the page. Great site. I enjoy reading your posts.

    Sidharth December 9, 2010

    Thanks, Michael! Article updated.

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