Facebook Updates Profiles, Friends Lists & More

Facebook recently announced a new set of pretty cool updates.

Well, it’s very cool for Facebook, because it’s like what Matt Mullenweg said, “You can never fully anticipate how an audience is going to react to something you’ve created until it’s out there.”

For everyone else, it can be obnoxious because it’ s not always clear what these updates mean to you. So let’s explore the updates and what they mean to you.

  • New Profile
  • Friend Lists
  • Mobile Controls
  • Friendship Pages

New Profile Page

FB Updates - New ProfileFacebook made a few changes that clean up the look of profile pages and engages the user in a different way.

I took a tour of the new profile page and basically it does three profile-specific things:

  • Puts your basic info at the top of the page below your name
  • Displays your most recent photos right below your basic info
  • Displays the FB navigation (Wall, Info, Photos)  below your profile picture on the left

Here’s what it means to you: the photos are first. Photos are the most used feature on Facebook, and now they’re easier to view. Everyone doesn’t have the new profile right now, but everyone will by early next year.

Friend Lists

The Friend lists are a bit tricky to navigate, but somewhat easy to create. If you hover near the number of friends you have, a pen icon appears. Click it and you’re directed to a page that lets you manage relationships. Visit this page to change your own relationship status, add family members, view your featured friends and create new lists.

The Mobile Controls

FB Updates - Mobile ControlsThe new mobile controls let you see what you’ve shared with applications and websites in one place. And it lets you manage the settings. The feature is available through the mobile site, so you’ll have to select “Go To Mobile Site” from your phone to use it.

What it means to you: You can make changes to privacy settings without having to be near a computer. Just realized your Starbucks check-ins are showing up on your profile? Now you can change that before you even get your latte.

Friendship Pages

FB Updates - friendship pagesFriendship Pages were launched several weeks ago, and I’m kind of in love with them. Like everything else, the more you put into them, the more you get out of them. Meaning, if you tag  your friends in photos of you together and interact through Facebook often, your friend page will be rich with content.

What this means to you: just by clicking the “Friendship” link, you’ll be able to see a history of your relationship with one of your friends. You can also see the relationship between mutual friends.

Want to learn more about the latest Facebook updates? Check out these articles:

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