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Facebook's brand new layout and profile pages

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

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Well, this is it -- your very new profile page. It may take a few days or even weeks for your profile to be changed over, but this is what it looks like.

At the very top you have your 'dashboard', which lets you see the core content of your profile. You can update yourstatus just beneath, which then updates just below.

Split into two columns, this is your 'timeline' -- a bit like a retrospective news feed that goes all the way back to the day you started on Facebook. But, because it's a timeline, you can even add content before you joined -- as you will see later on.

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Your content stays the same, so don't worry about that. It is just re-jigged to give you a different layout and more content. Your updates remain live until you finish editing. It also allows you to go through and update your past, as well as your current information.

Your work and education details are on the left, along with your 'living' status. It uses Bing Maps throughout (after Microsoft's investing in Facebook last year). Your remaining content can be found on the right hand side.

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Your activity log goes all the way back to the day you started on Facebook. It is a private log of all the activity you have uploaded, contributed to and added to your profile. It is the be-all and end-all of everything that you have done on the social network.

This feature was briefly exposed last year in form of 'Memories', which leaked after someone hit the 'publish' button by mistake. Facebook pulled the social network offline for an hour afterwards to repair the damage.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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Your likes, music and other content that you have on your profile remains the same, still. You can also go back into your activity log and see your 'likes' from years gone by -- seeing your developing tastes in music, events or other things you engage with on the site.

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Facebook, using Microsoft's Bing Maps, allows you to see on a map where you have used Facebook 'check-in'. There are already third-party applications available on Facebook to do this, but it is nice to see the social network natively supporting a map-view of where you have been and when. Of course, you can categorise and edit your timeline from here, to add other content to your check-ins retrospectively.

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Photos do remain vastly the same, along with your videos. Little has changed here, except that if you go back far enough into your timeline, then you fill find the dates for when you uploaded the photos or video. 

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