Facebook makes new profiles mandatory

Facebook Monday announced it is making the "new profile page," first introduced in December, mandatory for all of its users.

Whether you like Facebook's new profile feature or not, you're going to have to use it from now on.

The world's largest online social network, which recently broke the 600 million member mark, announced Monday that the new profile page format rolled out last month will now be a permanent fixture for all of its users.

"For the month of December, we gave people the option to upgrade to the new profile early, and hundreds of millions of you made the switch," Facebook engineer Philip Rha wrote Monday on The Facebook Blog. "Starting today, we'll be rolling out the new profile to everyone."

Everyone, though, isn't happy with Facebook's move--judging from the comments about Rha's posting. "Don't like it!" Bonnie Coomber, of the Cator Park School for Girls wrote. "Bring back the old one!"

"Get a dislike button," Tomasina McGinnity complained. "Not a new profile."

"Well, this sucks," Filipe Monteiro groused. "Why not maintain it as a voluntary choice?" Monica Baguchinsky Lunn agreed with Monteiro and added: "Everyone I know is complaining. It doesn't matter, tho. The fb gods have made a decision and all us little people don't matter."

The new profile page begins with a quick summary of who a member is and includes a strip of photos in which the member has been tagged. The member's common interests are displayed as thumbnails to make them easier to quickly identify. Members can also highlight important friends on their profile page, as well as see connections with friends--mutual acquaintances, events attended together and shared photos, wall posts and such.

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