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First Look: Facebook's profile page

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First Look: Facebook's profile page

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CNET's Josh Lowensohn walks you through some of the changes in Facebook's latest redesign, which focuses on profiles and photos.

Hey, I'm Josh Lowensohn with cnet.com and I'm going to give you a quick look at some of the new features Facebook is introducing as part of a refresh to its profile pages. Profiles are all, of course, for most of the action on Facebook takes place, but it's also a point of entry to other Facebook features like photos, which Facebook has made far more prominent. Now, on every profile page, you can see the last 5 photos that a particular user has been tagged in and if you decide to delve into photos, you'll see a new infinite scroll feature that will keep on loading photos of that user or the photo album you're in as you scroll down the page. That's in place with the previous system, which would require users to click through to the next grouping of shots. Facebook has also used the space at the very top of the page to give whomever is viewing your Facebook profile page some more basic information about you such as what you do, where you live and where you are born. This has long been information that can be found in the little lower down on user profiles, but the redesign puts it right up top. Another section of information Facebook is chosen to surf is above the fold are your relationships with that the users. In the top right-hand corner of profiles you're visiting, you now get a quick rundown of how you and that other person know each other. This includes photos you both been in together as well as who your mutual friends are. Again, these are things that already existed on Facebook, but are now present today in a consolidated section of the page. Along the left-hand side of profiles, you'll also see that Facebook has dropped in a list of the users' friends, family, and whomever there in a relationship with. This in part encourages you to explore friends and other user might have and serves the same purpose when you're looking at your own profile. One very interesting addition to profiles as part of the refresh is that users can now go into more detail about school or their jobs, listing classes and projects they worked on in the past. This not only includes when the class or project took place, but who else who was a part of it. In many ways, this is just an expansion of how much information you're sharing, but it also points Facebook in the direction more directly competing with sites like Blinkin. that offer a bird's-eye view of the user's accomplishments. The re-design is not going out to everyone just yet. As usual Facebook says it's being ruled out slowly and over time. However, you can opt in and try it out right now by heading the facebook.com/about/profile and clicking the big green "take the tour link." Worth noting is that you cannot go back to the old look after opting in. I'm Josh Lowensohn, and this has been a quick look at Facebook's latest profile redesign. For more, head over to cnet.com.

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