I can't remember if crushes or favorite members were ever added after the 2015 redesign, but now they're back:
Also, it seems something else is back that wasn't planned... animated pictures. You can upload animated gifs to your albums which can then be used as your profile picture, album thumbnail picture, and even your profile cover image. Not only that, they can also be uploaded to status updates, private messages, and any where else where you can attach pictures.
Tomorrow you'll be able to pick the icon next to your username on there. There's more than 2000 of them. The update is already done, just not out. I'll probably add text color tomorrow too. And possibly the forum so I can post info on there instead of here.
Hmmm.. it worked when I did it. Maybe the link expires and that's what happens. I'm using Microsoft's built-in stuff. You can have a new link sent to you by going to Edit Settings (under the Me menu) and then Email Address. There's a link on that page that'll let you resend the verification email.
This is why I've avoided Microsoft for a while... too many bugs. I entered a wrong password on my Android test phone and got an oops page. WTF? It should tell the user wrong username or password instead. But it's Microsoft's code. The shit I gotta do to get a job (learning parts of .NET I never used).