Facebook to Add Profile Clean Up Tool

January 11th, 2008 at 12:00 am


Ever get tired of those Facebook Apps that clutter your profile or your friends profiles?  Well, for an average Facebook user, when trying out any application, they do not bother to uncheck any of the options when allowing the applications to be run on their profiles.  So what happens is that the Apps pile up on the profile until nobody can figure out where the profile ends and the apps begin.

After some complaints from users, Facebook developers have announced that they will be doing something about the clutter problem.  Julie Zhuo, a developer at Facebook gives a preview in her blog and reports, 

"we will soon be launching a ‘profile clean-up’ tool. Similar to how your computer’s desktop will remind you to get rid of unused icons, this tool will give users the option to move extra profile boxes to an “extended portion” of their profile." 

Aside from that, they will also be adding dynamic optionsto unclutter the mess on personal profiles including rearrangement of boxes and options of which applications to show as well as the show extended profile option. 

I say it’s about time.  The reason I don’t use applications in Facebook is simply because I did not want to clutter my profile.  Now with this upcoming "clean up" tool, it would be more comfortable for me to keep adding applications as requests come along. Moreover, it would be a whole lot easier to surf through friends profiles with all the junk out of the way.

However this option might not be  so good for applications developers who spread their apps virally via profile exposure. Personally I think it’s ok, coz if you’re app rocks, you don’t need to put it on the front page.