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.
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.
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.