Web 2.0, SOA, and Web Services: Facebook Revamps Profile Pages to Highlight Photos, Tell People's Stories
Facebook offered a sneak peek at its new profile pages, putting users' photos front and center across the top of the Web pages, under cursory personal info about the user, including birth date, education, location, relationship status and other info Facebook engineer Josh Wiseman classified as "conversation starters." Then comes a strip of five photos that serve as snapshots to users' lives. Recall that the existing system stores photos under a tab. A greater emphasis has been placed on getting users to flesh out work and education details. We're not sure this will increase engagement, but it will certainly create a more visually appealing profile because of all the pictures put front and center. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed the changes on CBS's "60 Minutes" Dec. 5. eWEEK walks through the changes, which users can opt into when offered. Facebook said it is rolling out the changes gradually and plans to get it to everyone by early next year.