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Just when you thought you'd figured out enough ways to be amused on Facebook, the service is rolling out redesigned profile pages. Before the redesign surfaced, we asked several prominent designers what they would do to the massively popular social networking site.
It appears, as of now, that only those with the Developer application have access to the new look, but if you'd like to check out the new features install the application and head to new.facebook.com/profile.php. A Facebook representative confirmed the test group involved developers only, but that the service will give users a chance to opt in to the new look as it rolls out in the coming weeks.
The biggest change flips the whole feel of the page from vertical to horizontal and brings the newsfeed front and center, along with status updates and posted items. Tabbed navigation can move you between the Info, Photos and Boxes (where your Pirates and Ninjas and other applications go). Pencils in the upper right of most layout items enable you to tweak what those layout items contain or the data they display, opting to show (or not) your website up front and center (well, front and left, but you know what we mean).
Another new addition to the main profile page, below your photo, is "Write something about yourself," presumably a more enduring self-definer than the status update, like the difference between the Spanish verbs ser and estar, for those that can remember back to Espanol 101. Another new feature (though it appears to be non-functioning) is "Create a Profile Badge."