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The New Facebook Layout

Earlier this week, Facebook rolled out a new layout.  While it is infinitely more interesting to look at than the standard blue and white backgrounds of last week, the new Facebook layout seems to have actually angered quite a few people.  In fact, as of the writing of this post, there were 68,153 members of The New Facebook Layout Sucks group on Facebook itself.  This just goes to show how much people are resistant to change.

The old Facebook layout was much simpler to view and the more popular links were harder to see.

What's New?

More Photos - The very first thing you'll see when you change to the new layout is that there are more photos visible.  Zuckerberg and Company wanted to make Facebook pages more visually appealing since we tend to be a more "visual" audience.  There is now a photo stream located towards the top of your profile showcasing thumbnails of up to five photos you are tagged in.  If you want to hide these photos from your profile, you simply hover over the photo, click on the little "X" that appears at the upper right corner of the photo and click "Hide Photo".  This will only hide it from your profile, not delete it from your albums.

The new Facebook layout is much more visually appealing than before with easier to access links.

Your friends, family, spouse, etc, are now shown via a thumbnail of their profile picture just underneath your profile photo on the left hand side of the page as well.  You can set up your friends to be shown in specific groups - high school buddies, business associates, ladies who lunch, etc, instead of all lumped together.  To do this, hover your mouse to the right of the "Friends" heading on the left hand side of the page and click the Edit button.  Here, you can choose to create a new list or choose a list or group you already have.

Streamlined Layout - Gone are the bland text links located just below your profile photo.  Now, your vital stats (ie, relationship status, workplace, hometown, education, etc) are located just below your name at the top of the page.  You can still share your status, photos, links or videos, but this section has moved just below your photo stream.

The tabs that used to populate the top of your page are now located as text links underneath your profile photo.  These tabs still work the same; if you want to look at photos, click the Photos link, to see friends, click the Friends link.  Also, the Message and Poke buttons have now moved to the upper right hand corner of the page.  Just below those buttons, you will see the photos of friends you have in common with the owner of the profile/page you are on as well as recent "likes".

However, you'll notice that the Info section has changed a bit.  Where there was just text located there before, you will now see thumbnail images where applicable.  Again, this is to appeal to our visual sense.  Your interests can be sorted into what you wish people to see and what you wish to hide, as well.  Those that remain hidden from the main view will just now be accessible under the "more" tab.  Under the Info tab, you can now add Projects under your Work section.  This will allow you to tag Facebook friends that you have worked with or are currently working with, just like you tag your photos.  Also, your contact information is now located at the bottom of your Info page instead of on the left hand side of your wall.

These changes may take some getting used to.  If you want to change to the new Facebook layout now, you simply activate it here or click on the "Get the New Profile" button located at the top of any Facebook friend's page that you visit who has already changed over to the new layout.  Then, simply follow the steps provided in the easy-to-use Facebook Wizard.  However, be careful.  If you're hesitant to change, too, you may want to wait a little bit before you make the big leap.  Once you decide to go forward, you can't go back to the old Facebook ways.  It may be a few weeks before the changes are made mandatory by Facebook.  So, go ahead and do some investigating for yourself if you would like.

It will take some getting used to, that's for sure.  And, I'm sure there will be bugs to work out.  What do YOU think of the new Facebook layout?  Is it for you or is it for the birds?  I want to hear what you think of it in the comment section below.

Pamela Cendejas, Real Estate Virtual Assistant - Second Self Virtual Assistance: When There Isn't Enough of You to Go Around!

Comment balloon 21 commentsPamela Cendejas • December 09 2010 05:43PM

Comments

Pamela,

I'm alittle angered by it too, but I'm getting use to it!

Posted by Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS, 'Helping You Make the Best Move" (ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group) over 9 years ago

I happen to like it. I am getting used to Facebook changing on me all the time. I have to say I am not normally so open to changing my world but it was okay this time.

Posted by Dinah Lee Griffey, Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties (Windermere Peninsula Properties) over 9 years ago

I'm liking some things and wishing they kept others.  All in all, it is a nicer look to the layout.  It will just take some time to get used to the changes, I think.

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

Hi Michele - Sometimes change is good - as long as it's going in the right direction.  Thanks for commenting.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

Hi Dinah - Technology moves so fast, it's sometimes hard to keep up.  I think that's what angers people most.  We just used to it one way and they switch it on us! ;D

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

I think you're right, Heather.  Thanks for posting.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

Pam...had to comment since my pledge is 'if I visit a blog, then that Rainer deserves a comment'
  The problem this brings up is that I don't have a Face Book at this time, BUT that Home ? page you show does look very interesting. Still not sure IF or WHEN for me, but you did do a great job of explaining the "new Facebook" layout.
[Hope that this doesn't sound like a 'waste of your time to read', but needed to say that this post of yours does a good job of education.} 
Barb

Posted by Barb & Sal Dragotta, Macomb County Michigan over 9 years ago

I noticed some of my friends had changed and it caught me off guard.  Silly to not jump on board! 

Posted by Laura Sargent (Carolina One Real Estate) over 9 years ago
I was lost at first but am now getting the hang of it. In the world today...you may as well go with flow. As soon as you think you get things figured out, someone comes along and changes all the rules!
Posted by Renee Marrs Caperton, Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate (Marrs & Associates) over 9 years ago

Pamela,

 

I suppose that the question is whether most people like it.

 

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 9 years ago

Hi Sal - Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post.  Your comments are valuable and I appreciate them.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

Hi Laura - As the saying goes, "If ya can't beat 'em".  The change doesn't bother me either but I've seen some pretty nasty comments about it.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

Hi Renee - LOL!  That's progress, huh?  If it helps my SEO, I'm good with that! ;D

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

Hey, Brian - Thanks for the response.  Personally, I don't think we have a choice whether we like it or not.  As long as it does some good for us, I'm happy.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

I can no longer tag people in status updates since the change in the layout. Do you know a way to get around this? Thanks.

Posted by Windy City Girl over 9 years ago

Hey Windy City Girl -  Facebook offers tons of educational information about how to use your account.  Just log into your account and click on Help Center in the Account dropdown box - upper right-hand corner.  Just choose the topic or question you need answers to.  Let me know if you need more help.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

I don't like it myself-I like the old layout better.  But before too long they will change it again I am sure.  No biggie.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 9 years ago

Hi Debra - Where technology is concerned, we might as well go with the flow because, as you said, it won't be long before it changes.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

Pamela, I wish I read your post earlier.. didn't know that I could hide some of the photos on the stream. That was the one thing I didn't like about the new format. I also didn't know you could segment groups.. I actually like that a lot! Thanks!! ..I just heard that they plan on changing up the format yet again.. so the only thing constant thing you can count on these days, is change! Thanks for sharing these useful tips! :)

Posted by Myhang Gibson, Oakville Mortgage Broker (Myhang Gibson (Premiere Mortgage Centre)) over 9 years ago

Pamela, I wish I read your post earlier.. didn't know that I could hide some of the photos on the stream. That was the one thing I didn't like about the new format. I also didn't know you could segment groups.. I actually like that a lot! Thanks!! ..I just heard that they plan on changing up the format yet again.. so the only constant thing you can count on these days, is change! Thanks for sharing these useful tips! :)

Posted by Myhang Gibson, Oakville Mortgage Broker (Myhang Gibson (Premiere Mortgage Centre)) over 9 years ago

Hi Myhang - Facebook, along with everything else technical, does seem to change regularly.  I always tell my clients, "We keep up so you don't have to".  It's really true.  How does anyone who's trying to keep up with their real estate career have time for everything else?  Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

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