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A Fresh Look For Facebook

The social networking site said it launched the redesign to clean up users' profile pages and improve organization.

Facebook has unveiled its makeover. The social networking site on Monday reorganized and updated some of its primary features for all but a few Internet Explorer users.

Profiles are now organized under tabs. The Wall tab features recent posts from users and friends and user activity. Users can enlarge, shrink, or delete their posts and friends' comments. The information tab contains contact information and interests. User photos and albums are under the photo tab, and a "Boxes" tab holds applications. Users can create new tabs to feature their favorite applications. A new "Publisher Box," under the Wall tab, provides a single location for adding content to the Wall.

The applications menu is now at the top of the page instead of the left side for a cleaner look. The search box is on the upper right-hand side of the top menu. Links are still available through the menus for "Profile," "Friends," "Applications," and the "Inbox". Users "allow access" to an application and try it out before adding it.

Facebook designers said they want to allow users to test the redesign before it becomes the default. The social networking site said it launched the redesign to clean up users' profile pages and improve organization. The new layout also aims to cut down on the need to scroll down to view profile pages. The site has more than 70 million users worldwide and boasted more than 20,000 applications before announcing plans for a redesign.

By midday, it announced that anyone could try it. However, not all Internet Explorer versions are supported for Facebook applications and an attempt to load the new site under IE 6 failed and led to a message that said: "Sorry, we're not cool enough to support your browser. Please keep it real with one of the following browsers: Firefox, Opera, Safari, Flock."

However, an attempt to load with IE 7 was successful.

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