Josh Wiseman, a Facebook engineer, posted one of several blogs at the social network site to describe the new profile page and its salient features. "The profile begins with a quick overview of basic information such as where you're from, where you went to school, and where you work -- the kinds of conversation starters you share with people you've just met or exchange with old friends as you get reacquainted," he writes. The new page also contains rows for tagged photos. The redesign also makes it easier for a person to highlight his friends.
Facebook is constantly tinkering with its relationships with "members." Not all of the results have been good. Several e-commerce features added in April caused privacy concerns. So did Facebook Places, announced in August, which allowed users to track the locations of other users. Facebook dialed back some of these changes to answer member concerns.
With over 500 million members, Facebook should not have any trouble getting feedback on the new profile page. It certainly seems benign compared to other updates the social network has made this year.