New facebook-Facebook users get ready to learn it all over again
New look at new facebook homepage
Facebook unveils the new home page
Just when you feel like you've really gotten then hang of facebook's page a new facebook homepage has been unveiled! Facebook uploaded a new homepage on July 20th and within the next several weeks it will be the new face of...err...facebook.
What did facebook change?
The new facebook has a number of minor cosmetic change, but overall the usage will be very similar to the last version.
One will notice very quickly that most of the page shifted to the left. For example, the profile picture shifted to the left in place of the ads. Now the advertisements are on the right-hand side.
Another change is the prominence of the status bar. On the new facebook profile page the status bar is front and center. Rumor has it that this is to help compete with twitter's success.
Overall, facebook has made it a little more difficult to locate and use third party applications. These 3rd party applications are not as easy to find- they are under a tab on user's updated profiles.
Here's a look at facebook's new profile page setup:
Facebook News: Changes in Privacy Terms of Service
It has come to the attention of many lately that the facebook privacy terms of service have changed. Well, that's 100% correct.
The biggest change to facebook's TOS was that everything you post on facebook is the property of facebook, even when you delete your account. In other words, your pictures, videos, images all belong to facebook even if you delete your account. This has many people upset since those things should belong to their owners (us!), not facebook.
Facebook's privacy changes have stirred up much controversy.
UPDATE TO THEIR TERMS OF SERVICE AS OF 2/18/09:
Facebook recently announced that they have again changed their terms of service back to their original stance. In other words, you (not facebook) own your materials.
Facebook announced this change to their TOS on their blog.
If you want your voice to be heard regarding their terms of service, you can also join the facebook suggestions group.
Take a look at what now greets you when you log onto facebook:
UPDATE TO THEIR TERMS OF SERVICE AS OF 2/26/09:
The rules at facebook have changed again. After hearing the arguments of everyone against their revised TOS, and after they reverted back to the original TOS, they now have "Facebook Principles" found here. As a facebook user, you have the right to share your input into these principles.
They also have a revised "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities" found here. Again, you have the right to share your input.
YET ANOTHER NEW LOOK TO FACEBOOK AS OF 3/10/09:
Apparently unsatisfied with their "old" look of facebook (which was around since March),
How do I see this new facebook page?
Should you be interested in touring the new facebook page, simply type the following into your web browser:
Beware, though, that once you do that it will be your new facebook look from that point forward. To get back to the original you have to click on the link in the top right of the page that says "Back to the old facebook".
Checking out the new look at facebook comes with all the typical growing pains of a new web layout. It's quite difficult to find different things on the page such as photos, applications, etc.
This writer has found it interesting that the twitter application seems to no longer be working on the new facebook. One can only wonder if this is because facebook wants their status updates to REPLACE twitter...
Video tour of new facebook page
Youtube user's tour of new facebook look
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What do you think about the new look at facebook? More of a nuisance or full of welcomed changes?