Facebook Updates Profile Pages: Navigate the New Features

Facebook introduced an entire overhaul of profile pages that features a new interface and several new additions. Here's a tour of what's new and how you can upgrade.

Mon, December 06, 2010

CIO — Almost two months after its last product announcement, Facebook yesterday released its latest redesign, this time focusing on profile pages.

The changes, which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg described in a "60 Minutes" interview that aired last night, include an entire interface overhaul, redesigned profile sections and a handful of new fields.

All users will be converted to the newly redesigned profile pages by early January, Facebook says. To switch to the new profile pages immediately, go here. Note that if you choose to make the switch, you will not be able to revert to the old design.

Also note that this redesign does not affect your current privacy settings.

Here's a look at the new profile page and how to navigate the added features.

A Look at Your New Facebook Profile Page

One of the most significant changes to Facebook's profile page is a quick summary of your information that now lives at the top of your page. These details include your current position at a company, where you live, your relationship status, what you studied and where you attended school, your birthday and languages you speak, which is new with the redesign. Click on that field to update your fluency in other languages.

The five most-recently tagged photos of you are displayed below your summary. To remove any of these from your profile page view, hover above it and click the X. That photo will be replaced by another. If you have restricted access to your photos, they will not appear on your profile.

[Want more tips, tricks and details on Facebook? Check out CIO.com's Facebook Bible.]

Gone from the profile page is the navigation tabs for your wall, info and photos. You can now find these on the left below your profile picture. Also moved is the status update box. Instead, you can post your status, a photo, link or video by clicking on the icons below the five most-recent pictures you have been tagged in.

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