Facebook's brand new layout and profile pages

Facebook's brand new layout and profile pages

Summary: Announced at Facebook's f8 conference today, Facebook's brand new 'timeline' profile layout. Prepare for a shock.


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  • Clicking the drop-down underneath the top bar allows you to select greater detail. You can see photos, friends, and plenty of other content by category. This allows you to see when you added people as friends, or when they added you. It gives you a full chronology of what happened and when.

  • Facebook really does mean 'timeline', when it was announced it at the Facebook f8 conference today. You can go all the way back to birth, and add baby photos of when you were a child. You can also add events, life changing or otherwise, such as moving home or going to college. 

    In this case, you can retrospectively add content to your profile -- even if it was before you joined the social network. Facebook gives you a variety of options to add, or 'other' if it does not fit the category. As you can see here, you can even add very personal stuff such as "having surgery" or "broke a bone" to your profile, to allow others to see as and when things happened during your life.


  • Featuring content on your timeline allows you to proactively bookmark something as important to you. You can see that photos are in high-resolution, and everything is documented from the middle timeline vertical bar. You can also go through and edit visibility settings, to allow or disallow more or less people to see the content you publish, and also the added bonus of being able to delete content from your timeline. It will be as though it never existed.


Topic: Social Enterprise

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  • RE: Facebook's brand new layout and profile pages

    So now they're going to mess with the profile page too? What is up with that? I think it totally sucks and I hope FB goes bankrupt because of their stupidity!
  • Not the Half of It

    I listened on the BBC to an interview with an FB executive presenting FB's plans for the future, which include picking up and posting on FB every online activity of each FB user. If this is confirmed, and goes ahead, it will be a gross invasion of privacy, and I, for one, would certainly get out of FB immediately. If I lose the ability to control my own data, to decide what I post and don't post, then what has been a useful means of connecting with people I want to connect with becomes a means of turning my life into 'The Truman Show'. I suspect that I would not be the only one to object to this!
  • RE: Facebook's brand new layout and profile pages

    Zach, it appears from this column that each of us FB users can't even see this timeline, much less react to it, until FB changes one's page -- true? What about seeing the change in the pages of others? (for example, can you see now -- because you already use the new system -- timelines of others?) thanks.
  • RE: Facebook's brand new layout and profile pages

    Wow, this brings a whole new problem to those of us with abusive or controling ex-spouses/relationships and existing restraining orders against them. It's hard enough to keep some people out of your FB and life if they are obsessed with living in the past as a way to attempt to exert control over another. Creative ways such as enlisting mutual friends to remain "connected" to an "ex" of any type has been a particular issue. While I can see the coolness of a timeline, I can not see how I can personally afford the ever increasing privacy risks.
  • New layout just makes it obvious

    Aside from the information being right up front and more easily accessable, these changes just make it more obvious just how much information a private amoral for-profit entity has about us - especially since this is just the tip of the iceberg. In addition, it sounds like people can go back and edit or re-invent themselves ( of course, any changes will also be of record to Google and anyone else willing to pay for them)