In an attempt to initiate an increase in the number of connections members have on the site, social network Facebook Monday announced a number of new changes to the users’ profile – the first of these changes being the introduction of Community Pages that will apparently function like Wikipedia pages inside Facebook. com.
Referring to the Community Pages project, which is still in beta, Facebook’s Alex Li said in a blog post: “You'll be able to learn more about a topic or an experience—whether it's cooking or learning a new language—and see what your friends and others in the Facebook community are saying about this topic.”
While initially Community Pages will source information from Wikipedia, Facebook will subsequently ask its members to contribute to the project, so as to support the site’s long-term objective of making Community Pages “the best collection of shared knowledge on a topic.”
Another change that Facebook has introduced is the linking of the users’ profile to Pages about their interests, affiliations and favorite activities. This ‘connected profiles’ will affect the users more directly, as they will link their ‘biographical information’ – like current city, hometown, education, work, and likes and interests – to Facebook Pages.
About ‘connected profiles’ Facebook Pages, Li said that once users make their choice, their earlier text pertaining to the so-called biological information will be “replaced by links to these Pages.”