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Google Profiles get a professional, slightly Facebookish update

Google has updated the design of its Profiles pages, bringing a more professional -- and far less haphazard -- look. It's also a little bit like a Facebook profile, though thankfully devoid of annoying recommendations and announcements of which fish your friends have unlocked. The new look is almost snazzy enough to use as your online resume, which might explain the addition of structured...

About.me adds profile sharing, people search, and a gorgeous directory

About.me, the flashy personal profile site that was snapped up by AOL just days after opening to the public, has added some important missing features. It doesn't matter how cool or useful your profile is if nobody can find it, and all of the additions to About.me make profile sharing and discovery easier. You can now quickly share your profile on your social networks, and browse or search for...

New Facebook profiles rolling out to everyone, whether you like it or not

Back in December, Facebook introduced the new profile design, featuring a 'snapshot' of your life at the top, a heavy focus on recent pictures of you, the ability to highlight 'Featured Friends', and many other enhancements. For the past month or so, the new profile has been opt-in, meaning that if for some reason you didn't like its layout, you could choose to stay with the old profile. That...

MySpace cleans up profile layouts (also, MySpace still exists)

If you're not in a band, you probably haven't been to MySpace in a while. You know, MySpace? The social network without a major motion picture about it? Anyway, the MySpace profile pages that used to be laughably hideous have been dramatically cleaned up, with a pleasant new black and white theme that puts the eyesore pink backgrounds and flashing GIFs of the old MySpace right out of our minds....

Chrome extension displays sender's picture in conversation threads to liven up GMail

I've been using Gmail for years now, and while it's been a dependable workhorse for me sometimes it feels a little on the spartan side. Themes are nice, but it'd be nice to jazz up the conversation threads in some small way... For example, by letting me see the profile picture of the person who sent me the message I'm reading. Well, would you look at that! Someone put together a Google Chrome...

How to create and use multiple profiles in Google Chrome

My Google Reader was a-buzzin' this morning with talk about ChromeDeck, a utility designed to create and manage multiple Google Chrome profiles. Truth is, it's pretty easy to do this without using a 3rd-party program. The first step is to add a command line switch to your Google Chrome (or Chromium) shortcut: --enable-udd-profiles. If you need help figuring out how to add a switch, check our...

ReProfiler for Windows can fix your corrupt or unavailable user profile

I don't often run into corrupt or unloadable user profiles on my workbench, but when I do they can be very tedious to repair. There's a lot of registry tweaking and permission setting that I'd love to be able to leave up to an application -- like ReProfiler, a free, portable tool designed to fix exactly this problem. Highlight a user account, then click the properties button to see what...

Cross-platform portprofile is a simple way to backup your Firefox profile

Looking for a dead-simple way to back up your Firefox profile? It doesn't get much simpler than portprofile. Regardless of what OS you're using -- Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac -- anywhere you can run Firefox you can run portprofile. It's provided as a Java web start app which means as long as you have Java installed, you can simply click and launch it right from the Google code project page....

Recognizr brings amazing facial recognition to Android devices

ReadWriteWeb just reported on an amazing Android app in development by Swedish company TAT. The app is called Recognizr, and it uses an Android phone's camera and facial recognition software from Polar Rose (remember them?) to identify people you point it at. Not only that, it shows which social sites they're signed up for, and links to their profiles. Stalkerlicious! Sarcastic...

Google makes it easier to fully turn off Buzz and delete your profile

Sure, there may be all sorts of ways to minimize the spamminess of Google Buzz -- I walked through some of them on this blog a few days ago -- but now there's a fast way to fully disable it. You can delete your profile, remove all the people you follow, disconnect all your other profiles (like Reader), and never see Buzz again. All you have to do is find that little "turn Buzz off" link at the...

Full user profile sync coming to Google Chrome?

Like tabs and private browsing modes, preference sync has become a pervasive feature in modern web browsers. Opera has shipped with Link for quite some time. Maxthon has it. Firefox doesn't include profile sync by default, but Mozilla did recently put the finishing touches on Weave 1.0 -- which adds the functionality. ...And Google Chrome users can already sync their bookmarks. That's only a...

Facebook 'doppelganger' craze is illegal

Yup, through the wonders of copyright law, the doppelgänger meme currently sweeping across Facebook is actually illegal and breaks the Facebook terms of service. If you don't use Facebook (??), or you haven't logged in during the past week, the 'doppelganger' thing is all about replacing your profile photo with your celebrity look-alike. Harmless, you might think, but the Facebook TOS...

FriendFeed debuts custom themes

In a quick post on their blog, FriendFeed announced that in addition to the themes already available to users, they would now be supporting custom themes. Options have been added to let users upload a background image and choose colors for text, links, and more for their profile page. They also plan to add more functionality and customization options in the future but wanted to give users a...

How to backup your Google Chrome profile

One of the nice things about the Google Chrome web browser is that all you need to do to backup your profile information is locate the folder where your user data is located and copy the data. If you're using Windows XP, that directory is probably in the Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data folder. But if you're looking for a simpler solution,...

Preview the new Facebook profile page

Facebook will soon be rolling out a new site design that, among other things, will change the way your profile looks. But you can check it out today by logging into your account and then visiting www.new.facebook.com. One of the most prominent new features will be an emphasis on the mini-feed. In fact, it might be safer to start calling it a news feed, since it's not so mini-anymore. When you...