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The New and Improved Facebook

Most Facebook users have noticed a notification at the top of their homepage which appeared a few weeks ago that linked to a page with information about the new layout design. For those of you that haven’t seen it, you can find the link to the information page here.

In the history of the Internet, websites have proceeded to transition from text to images to music and finally to video. Since social networks are inherently a hub of text, pictures, music and video, designers must figure out the best way to organize all of the information. Social networks must also fight to stay competitive in the packed market of social networks.

logo_facebookTo do this, they must offer their users something that other social networks can’t. Facebook’s edge over the competition has always been a clean interface and continued expansion of features. As of the publish date of this article, Facebook has registered over 175 million active users, a staggering 2.5 % of the world’s population. With their growth, Facebook has upgraded their user interface while relying on the underlying foundation of their social network- people’s connections to each other. Most interface changes have gone relatively smoothly and have not drastically changed aspects of navigation or user experience.

Facebook is currently rolling out updates to their layout, which means that your profile will upgrade to the new version automatically within the next few days. If this layout design goes anything like the last time they redesigned Facebook, there are bound to be lots of angry people. To me, this anger is extremely unfounded. Since the beginning of Facebook, the social network has kept with its theme of a clean interface. The gray, blue and white color scheme keeps things simple while navigation between pages has remained very easy and clear. In fact, one of the main reasons I use Facebook is that I can’t stand Myspace profiles. Sure, Myspace prides itself on letting the user configure their profile, but how many Myspace profiles are truly hideous? In my experience, the answer is easy: too damn many.

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Posted by on March 14, 2009 in General

 

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Campus Computing- Part 1

Students across the United States are returning to college in the next few weeks. It goes without saying that computers are an integral part of every college student’s life. Facebook, games, music and even research are done on these machines. Many college students have their own computer for the first time, and many do not know that steps need to be taken in order to protect their investment. The Campus Computing series on Digital Frontier focuses on explaining problems people face while using computers in a college setting. Everything from protecting against malware, tips for social network usage, copyright laws, online banking and useful software will be covered in this four part series.

Malware

Most people know that with the incredible access to information on the internet, there comes a few pitfalls. Besides the problem of finding information that is actually correct, the most important issue users face is that of malware. Malware is a term that encompasses spyware, adware, viruses, trojan horses, rootkits and other computer attacks. Invariably, computers can become infected by any number of computer attacks while doing things as innocuous as reading email and visiting your favorite webpages.

Click “more” to find more great information to protect yourself while on the computer.

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Posted by on August 24, 2008 in Security

 

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