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Facebook redesigns friend request e-mails

The e-mails have been modified to mimic the site's look and feel, with color, a photo, and more prominent links.

The new Facebook friend request.
Screenshot by Caroline McCarthy/CNET

Facebook has quietly changed the way its friend request e-mails look.

Instead of the old, simple text e-mails sent to Facebook users whenever someone wanted to add them as a friend, the new friend request e-mails feature the familiar blue header with the Facebook logo at the top of the message. Below that, the same text, "(Facebook user's name) added you as a friend on Facebook. We need to confirm that you know (the user) in order for you to be friends on Facebook," is featured.

To the right of that message is a small yellow box displaying a link to log-in to your Facebook account. That same theme follows to the bottom of the message where the confirmation link is made available to the recipient.

Perhaps most importantly, the e-mail also includes a thumbnail image of the user's profile picture. No images were featured in the old version, which made it difficult to determine who the person was without going to their Facebook profile. Assuming the person requesting the connection has a profile picture, the recipient will now be able to immediately figure out who that person is.

It's a minor graphical change, but one that will be considered an upgrade by most. Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the change.

Check out the old friend request design below.

The old Facebook e-mail. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET