It is a winner: "Overall, I like the new look," says Nicholas Jackson in The Atlantic. "It's clean and streamlined." A new bar that allows easier toggling between pages is "a nice feature once you get the hang of it," but "my favorite change is a host of new fields" where users can display loads of information, such as their favorite sports teams and people who have inspired them. One downside: For those not often tagged in photos, parts of their profile pages will remain "static" and "rarely ever updated."
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It is all about the visuals: "The change is in keeping with Mark Zuckerberg's ardent belief that people are hard-wired to look at faces," says Josh Wiseman in Wired. "Here's hoping you are ready for your close-up," because "nearly everything on the page" gets a "more visual treatment" than users are accustomed to. Even the things you "like" — bands, for example — become images in the new design. "Clearly Facebook is learning from becoming the net's largest photo sharing site that people like to look at pictures."
It's more grown up: "Watch out, LinkedIn," says Kashmir Hill in Forbes. The new Facebook profile is much more focused on jobs than the old one; it now "highlights your professional resumé at the top of the page," and allows users to list their "detailed work histories and educational background." Facebook was once just a place for "fun and play," but these days it's "evolving into an essential place on the web to conduct business and establish professional connections."
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