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Dissecting the new Facebook: Forget the poke craze, where'd you put my box?
Being that it's a work Monday, you've perused the new Facebook — probably for the last three hours.
The site's been dissected for its emphasis on visual connections, prominent placement of photos and its new layout, which places personal information like employment and educational history front and center. 60 Minutes declared the facelift is more of a design change than a privacy change. The Washington Post noted that the section shuffling entices users to add still more information about themselves.
Especially of note is that instead of sending friends to your info tab to see what you're up to, the new profile page design starts by reducing you to a handful of bullet points. Where you live; where you work; your educational history; relationship status; whether you smoke or have a passport are displayed in quick succession at the tippy top. (I made those last two up, but they wouldn't be too out of place).
The new friend pages and photo set-up are all well and good, too, but I want to know what they did with my box. Gone is that little spot formerly underneath your profile picture that was begging for such delectably random quips as "without second chances, we wouldn't have refried beans," "I live to dougie," and, if you're awful, this:
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In its stead, it appears that the forgotten Poke button has regained prominence, undoubtedly setting off a tidal wave of inter-office flirtations.
Tell us: what do you think about the new design? Have you opted in?