You may have heard people talking about the new Facebook layout, referred to as Facebook Timeline. According to Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, the Timeline is a way of using Facebook to show ‘the story of your life’. Your Facebook profile will change to become less of a news stream and something much more interactive, representing your entire personal history in a single place.
There are quite a lot of changes taking place but fear not, they are being rolled out slowly. This blog will help you prepare a little bit so that you know what to do once the Timeline is fully shown.
What is the Facebook Timeline?
Essentially, the Facebook Timeline feature is slowly being bought in to replace the existing layout of your profile page. Rather than activities appearing as a list on your profile, they will appear much more visually, a bit like a scrapbook of everything you are sharing and interacting with - songs you are listening to, images you post, pages you like and interactions you have with your friends will still appear but they are captured and displayed in a new way!
What will my Timeline display?
Your Timeline allows you to expresses who you are more than ever. You can link up all the things that you do and goes further than just you ‘liking’ a page e.g if you ‘like’ a recipe, then you can plan a future dish and engage with your interests more.
Your profile page will go as far back from the date you were born, to the date you posted your first status, photo, comment and so on. And you can go back and fill in any missing gaps - so your graduation photos, your first bike ride or even your first birthday!
How will my Timeline look?
The layout on your Facebook page will look dramatically different. Timeline shows one large picture at the top, this can be anything you wish, be as arty as you like!
Much like the current display, the content on Facebook Timeline is displayed in chronological order. Timeline allows you to travel visually back in time, you can browse through the dates shown on the right side to a date in your Facebook history, to see what images you were taking and what conversation you were having in the past. Depending on how long you have been on Facebook, you could browse back several years and see comments, pages you’ve liked and pictures from way back! Impressive huh?
Is there anything I should be aware of?
While it is much more visually stunning, there are some things to be aware of. The new re-design gives a stark reminder that anything you put up on Facebook is still there, and can be dug up by anybody who has access. So watch your privacy settings and be careful what you make public.
- Managing content on your page
If you want to delete a post or someone’s comment that appears on your profile page, or if you want to prevent people from seeing a recent activity on your profile page then you can do this by clicking the symbol that appears to the right of the story when you move your mouse over it.
- Managing your privacy settings
You can control who sees what on your Facebook page easily and quickly by toggling your privacy settings. These are located in the top right-hand side of your Facebook page. For a guide on how to get your Facebook settings watertight see: http://on.fb.me/pwMC4D
If you want more help on how to change your Facebook profile or if there is anything you’d like to know, go to the Facebook help center - they explain things clearly, and also give out tips. You can also ask us on Twitter @VirginDigiHelp!
What do you think?
What do you think of the Facebook changes so far? Is there anything you love or don’t like in particular? Share with us on our Facebook page.