The tech blog Mashable writes that Facebook will be launching a major redesign of user profiles at the f8 developer conference this week. Mashable cites two sources that are reported to be close to the company.

Details about the update are few, but according to the sources, this is a very big change that will hopefully improve how users consume information on the service.

The new look is said to be a part of the upcoming launch of a music service on Facebook. It has for months been rumored that Facebook will be implementing a music service that makes it easier for users to share their favorite music.

The sources said that the following news will be launched on Facebook’s developer conference, f8, which takes place on September 22:

  • The redesigned profiles will be more “sticky,” says one source. One of the goals of the new profiles is to get users to stay on them for longer.
  • We already knew Facebook is launching a media platform at f8. However, we’ve also learned that the platform — which will include music and video from partner sites — will display the media content a user is watching or listening to on their profiles. Essentially, when you’re listening to Lady Gaga on Spotify, your friends can see and access that on your Facebook profile. This confirms a recent New York Times report.
  • The redesigned profiles are part of a larger push into social ecommerce. We don’t exactly know what that means, but we’ve heard whispers that Facebook intends to give Facebook Credits more prominence. We’ve also heard that a Facebook app store may emerge at f8.
  • Facebook’s push into ecommerce may be related Project Spartan, an HTML5-based mobile platform rumored to be launching soon.

Facebook has not yet commented, and the company is currently under lockdown, trying to fix the final bugs before Thursday’s big launch.

(via IDG News)