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Your Facebook Profile Just Got Better With New Stuff to Share

Social networking giant Facebook has rolled out a number of improvements on Sunday evening designed to make your profile page more useful. New features include new experiences, types of relationships and interests to share, improved photos and friends pages, and more.

The redesign is focused around the conversation starters such as where you’re from, where you went to school, and where you work. Those pieces of information are now more prominently displayed right below your first and last name when someone reaches your profile page so your friends and acquaintances can now more easily spot where you live now and where you’re working.

Below this field, another nice tweak – a row of recently tagged photos of you, giving the people who land on your profile page an up-to-date visual stream of what you’ve been up to lately.

In addition to highlighting certain pieces of information about yourself, you can now feature any of your friends on your profile page. For example, why not highlight your office collegaue who took those nice pictures from your team-building trip to Florida, feature your significant other, or highlight someone else that’s important in your life. There are new types of relationships introduced to help you get started, like best friends, co-workers, college friends, and more.

Another great addition is the ability to add new interests and activities and showcase them better on your profile page. Facebook says you can now list your work projects, classes you took in school, your favorite musicians and sports teams, in addition to sharing your life philosophy by connecting to the religions, political affiliations, and your idols you follow and admire.

Even better, you can also include the friends who share your interests and activities. For example, you could add the project you’re currently working on to your profile page and tag the people that are helping you out with it. Your interests and activities are now represented on your profile page as a row of thumbnail images.

Your friends’ profiles now provide an at-a-glance overview of everything you share in common, including mutual friends, events you’re both planning to attend, shared groups, photos, wall posts, etc. Also new, the improved friends pages lets you search for people using new criteria, such as hometown, school, and a bunch of other categories. 

Finally, Facebook also tweaked photos by introducing the new infinite scrolling feature that powers "much faster and more fun way to browse all your photos," the company said. If you’re not seeing these enhancements available on your profile yet, don’t panic as Facebook is rolling them out gradually. "We plan to get it to everyone by early next year," the company wrote in a blog post.