f8: Facebook Unveils Timeline

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The first f8 announcement is the Timeline. It’s Facebook’s way of putting your whole life on your Facebook profile. Not just the recent stuff. “That would just be your wall,” says Zuckerberg.

“Tell the whole story of your life on a single page,” he says. The official description says:

Timeline is wider than your old profile, and it’s a lot more visual. The first thing you’ll notice is the giant photo right at the top. This is your cover, and it’s completely up to you which of your photos you put here.

As you scroll down past your cover, you’ll see your posts, photos and life events as they happened in time. You choose what’s featured on your timeline. You can star your favorites to double their size or hide things altogether.

Everything you’ve shared recently is right there, then you can go back in time by clicking on specific year, where you can find “the most important stuff”. The timeline has dots that show important content when highlighted.



“We wanted to design a place that feels like your home,” says Zuckerberg. “A place you’re proud to call your home.”

You can go back and insert things from your life that are missing. You can put a big photo of your choice at the top. This is separate from your profile.

“You have complete control over everything on your timeline. You have control of what’s there and you also control who can see everything,” he says.

There is also a private activity log. “This is where you’ll find everything you shared since you joined Facebook,” the company says. “Click on any post to feature it on your timeline so your friends can see it, too.”

activity log

You can also add apps to your timeline.

It will be available in a few weeks.

f8: Facebook Unveils Timeline
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  • http://www.teachtheworldonlinemarketing.com Karl

    Not sure how these changes will be taken amongst the general public, as marketers I think we all know that Facebook records every single thing we do on its platform, but I am not sure so many amongst the general public will realise that, and will be quite shocked at what has been stored, and not gone once it has disappeared out of their feed!

  • http://www.pagercall.co.uk Restaurant Systems

    Facebook always think they know what the user wants, problem is they usualy do!

    • http://www.websitesbystewart.com Stewart

      I don’t know where you got your information on this latest change but I can tell you I hate it. I want the old way back. I have heard more negatives than positives on this latest change. My page is so cluttered with stuff I do not want on there. Give me my small bar for my chat buddies, and get rid of that other posting at the upper right of my page. Too Distracting.

  • http://sterling-media.us Sterling Media Group Ltd.

    As a developer of Facebook fan pages and CMS web sites I find the new layout to be highly intuitive providing precisely what I want to know at a glance. This has shortened my time from the otherwise ridiculous task of scroll, scroll, scroll to find what I want or am otherwise interested in reading about regarding stories or friends posts. All fan pages I manage are now easily found on the main page making edits, or new postings a snap and I no longer have to navigate between types of news feeds which I always found to be very annoying. BRAVO Mr. Zuckerberg! Can’t wait for the next evolution!

  • sandi vankammen

    This sucks and so do all these changes.You really do not know what subscribers want!! Ha just listen to am radio today..many talking ab out how they hate all the changes and the fact that FB keeps changing all the damn time!! Survey says …..not many likes!

  • Erik Lindquist

    I am amazed that the changes made are so intuitively bad. The clutter, and loss of control are astronomical. I think the biggest flaw is the lack of user choice in this. If we want Facebook ‘Classic’ we should be able to select it. It is the big brother nature of these changes which I find most offensive.

    • dIEGO

      You are completely right.

  • Erik Lindquist

    Oh, and I don’t want my life history in the pages of my facebook postings…can I self select to have this information deleted???

  • Mike

    FOR THE 100th time stop texting and emailing me.

    Thank you

    • John

      What r u talking about. I never text or emailed you

  • http://www.dotponto.com/blog Steve Masters

    With the latest FB changes and the new Timeline changes, it’s easy to criticise, but I can see that visually the site is evolving. New layouts just take getting used to.

    What bugs the hell out of me is how, with each change, it is more and more apparent that the Zuckerberg sociopathic mentality is getting stronger. So much harder to know not only what will be seen by others, but also to know what third party posts will show about you without your knowledge or say so.

    The Facebook idea that every single thing said, thought or written about you deserves to be shared with the world is misguided.

  • http://www.freearticlesmix.com articles

    Thats it, no more facebook for me, im moving back to tweeter :) facebook needs to quit making changes so much is getting annyoing

  • http://www.TheProfessional.biz rizky

    Facebok getting more complicated and confusing for me to use it.

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      Intelligence and simplicity – easy to unedrsnatd how you think.

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  • http://www.mojowebdesign.com.au Damian

    This is going to be something for those born with a Facebook presence

  • Obie

    If I have control, I think it sound great. Many times I’ve wanted to wander back a year or so. This would give highlights as I want them remembered. I wish I had control over that ticker,though. I’d hide it.

  • alexis arceo

    PLEASE STOP CHANGING FB!!! It was fine the way it was a month ago and past but all these new.changes are just too much. Reminds me how myspace was and thats not a compliment. People switched to.fb because it was easy to use but now its doing too much. Please just leave it the way it was.

  • http://www.modeltrainhobbyist.com Lionel Bachmann @ Model Trains

    This has gone too far. It’s bad enough you can already put a ton of personal information out on Facebook, but now your whole life? This is just an identity theft nightmare just waiting to happen. I use Facebook for business, and for pictures. I put the bare minimum of personal information in my profile.

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