If you’re one of the 8.5% of human beings who have Facebook accounts, you’ve probably noticed that the social network released a new photo-heavy profile format last month. Until now, users have had the option of sticking with the “old” profile that itself is only months old. Over the next few days, Facebook will migrate everyone over to the new format.
According to Facebook developer Josh Wiseman, the new profile makes it quick and easy for users to learn about their friends’ personalities, interests and activities.
According to Wiseman:
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.
And since there’s often no better way to learn about a person than through photos, the profile now includes a row of recently tagged photos of you. In my case, my profile features pics from my engagement and wedding, two of my life’s most recent and happiest moments.
Here’s what Wiseman’s profile looks like:
Of course, you might not actually want your recently tagged photos to appear front-and-center on your profile page, especially if you hang out with a serial-photographer who also happens to be a Facebook power user. *innocent whistling* What do you do then?
Lots of people have taken advantage of the new layout by playing with different “hacks” that make their profiles stand out from the crowd. In fact, you can accomplish this yourself with an interesting photo and Adobe Photoshop‘s slice tool.
In case you’re wondering, this is what my personal profile looks like right now:
If you don’t have Photoshop or similar software, or you just want to make the whole process simpler, never fear—there are plenty of sites out there that will create your image hacks for you. Check out this great service from Schweppes:
Have you “hacked” your new profile? If so, how?