A new look for the popular business networking site Xing has made a brief appearance on German blog Internetworld.de before being taken down. We were able to obtain a screenshot of the new look, which was provided to us by a tipster who managed to catch the information briefly before the blog removed it.
It seems likely that the new look is going to be debuted at Berlin’s NEXT11 conference, which begins tomorrow.
The new design of the site looks to be modernized significantly over the current look of Xing. It has the social feel of Facebook, with a main stream running down the center of the page and a place to post status updates and links. Down the left side is access to your messages, profile, network and calendars. On the right is a list of the most recent people to visit your profile and below it are upcoming events near you.
The new look is a significant departure for Xing in the design department. Up until this point the site has look much the same as LinkedIn, it’s main US competitor. Your profile page is very plain, with moveable widgets that you can use to customize the information displayed.
The new design, if it’s accurate, looks to be quite a bit better looking, with the feel of an iPad app.