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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  • Covers are images that you can upload, or have already been uploaded to your profile. They act as 'main images' to your profile page, for which others can see. You can reposition the image as you wish, and it can be anything you like.

  • You can still do all of the regular stuff that you previously could do -- such as writing status updates, or checking into places, or even uploading photos. But here, you are given more additional options to categorise exactly what you want in your timeline. So, you can add life changing events or rites of passage, or just a status update. As with the slightly older profile, you can tag places from the desktop instead of using your mobile phone.

  • See here, the option to add a specific, targeted update to your profile, but retrospectively. The great thing about this new timeline is that you can go back and swap, edit and change content. However, as you will find out that the timeline does get a little personal at times -- personal even for Facebook. You can see here that you have the option to add "losing a loved one", which in my books is pushing it too far.

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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!
    NoSocialism4America
  • 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!
    rupertl3@...
  • 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.
    led2write
  • 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.
    nelsona2005
  • 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)
    flukejh06