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The Facebook founder who was once camera shy is quickly turning into a media darling. Just on the heels of Mark Zuckerberg's online chat with President George W. Bush, he spent some time Sunday night on 60 Minutes talking up his company's latest upgrade.

Facebook Profiles, which is your homepage if you're one of more than 500 million users, just relaunched with what the company promises are “more ways to show and tell your story.” While we're used to waiting days, sometimes months, for new features to arrive in Canada, this one is now alive and clicking.

Although I've often been critical of some new Facebook releases, so far this redesign seems like a move in the right direction -- it’s easier to use and visually much more appealing. Within my own page, friends are agreeing that it's a fresh new look. Here are just a few of the things that are different and how you can make the change.

  • Profile is at the top of page in a prominent spot so friends have better access to what you're all about (in more detail if you choose to share)
  • Photos featuring you are at the top of your page, so if you're tagged in a picture it's front and centre (you can hide a photo within this set if you wish, which is great because you might not want a certain snapshot in the spotlight.)
  • Wall is on left-hand side of page, but you can still update your status from the middle of the page and choose who can see your update (which allows you to further manage your online privacy)
  • Interests in your info section are more visual, including pulling in images for your favourite things such as TV shows, movies, school affiliation, and more
  • Meaningful relationships beyond family members are easy to add within your profile, so you can highlight relationships with other important people such as best friends or coworkers.

If you're interested in trying out the new profile (and it hasn't rolled out on your page yet), head over to the profile ‘about’ page enable the redesign. Before you give it a whirl, this page will also give you more information about the changes and how they will alter your Facebook experience because once you opt into this new look, there is no turning back. However, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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