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Facebook fixes: Intro to Timeline

December 19, 2011

New Timeline Home Page

Facebook Timeline is rolling out to users.  Your new home page will look very different from your current one.

Timeline allows you much more control of how your page is presented to your friends.  At first it may appear overly cluttered.  After a bit of editing and curating, you’ll have the content under control.

To see your new homepage with Timeline, click on your name found on the top right corner of the screen.

Old Facebook Home Page

One of the first things you’ll notice is the large area at the top of the page reserved for a photo.  In general, Timeline emphasizes photos.  Instead of small thumbnail sized photos, your pictures are now large enough to view on the page. No need to click to see them.  Photo albums are shown with a main photo and up to 3 additional smaller photos underneath.

The left hand navigation has been removed.  The space under the banner photo has been allocated for links to your friends, photos, and other content you want to display.

There is a small menu bar under the banner photo which give you quick access to  update your information (work, education, etc), your activity log, and the ability to view your page as your friends will see it.

The activity log is one of the best features about Timeline. It provides a very easy way to see all your content and manage it.

On the right hand side, you’ll find a slider which allows you to see previous posts by month.  In the past, you needed to click on “older posts” at the bottom of the page to see more content. For those with a lot of content, it could take a long time find an old post.  Note, all the content you see on Timeline was already published – everything you see was  on your page in the old version, it’s just easier to scroll through and view.  The content goes back to when you joined Facebook.

This maybe the perfect opportunity to review your content and either delete or limit availability to it. For future posts, you may want to consider the rule of thumb: Would I want my insert name (mother, future employer, significant other, etc)  to see this photo or post?  Of course, you can post those drunk pictures from the party last weekend and use Lists to manage who sees the photos.  But do you want to take the chance that Facebook makes changes to  the privacy setting in the future and those photos are available to everyone who views your Timeline?  As Dirty Harry said “You‘ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’

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