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Thursday
Mar142013

New Facebook Timeline Rolls Out

Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Remember that redesigned Facebook Timeline we saw a few months ago?  That's what your new Timeline is going to look like soon.

On Wednesday, Facebook announced a redesigned version of its Timeline, and unlike Graph Search or the new News Feed, it started to roll out to everyone on Wednesday.  Facebook's Malorie Lucich confirmed to ABC News that all Facebook users will have it in the next two weeks.

So what's different about it?  First, it's a bit more organized. While your posts and events used to be scattered across the two-column view, now they will be larger and stacked in order on the right column.  Everything else, including boxes that house your photos, about information, and "likes" of music, movies, books, etc. will live on the left side of the screen.

A big part of the redesign is around the content and the apps that you like.  You can "favorite" different movies, books, music and they will be added to that left rail.

"If you're a movie buff, you can add your favorites to your movies section or use apps like Flixster and Netflix to share what you're watching," Facebook's Rose Yao wrote on Facebook's blog Wednesday afternoon.  The integration comes just as Netflix has announced its social watching tools, which allow you to see what your friends have been watching.

You can also place your apps on the left side.  You will be able to add apps like Pinterest or Instagram to your Timeline and see content from them directly on the page. 

ABC News first reported on the Timeline changes in late December. Facebook had been testing the redesign with select users.

The Timeline redesign comes after two major Facebook feature changes -- Graph Search and the News Feed redesign.  Graph Search, which allows users to search across Facebook's users for different criteria, is still in a limited beta mode.  Facebook says the new News Feed, which was introduced last week at an event held by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, will bring larger photos and a cleaner design to the mobile apps and desktop versions of the site.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec202012

Facebook May Be Changing Your Timeline: Redesign Tests in Progress

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Facebook may have given us a peek at the future of Timeline after a new design was rolled out for one of ABC News’ producers Wednesday. Apparently Facebook is experimenting with new ways of laying out user’s pages.

Facebook confirmed Thursday that it’s trying some new things. “This is a new design Facebook is testing with a small percentage of people to make navigating timeline even easier,” a Facebook spokesperson told ABC News.

So what might be coming? Here’s what we saw:

Tabs are back with one new look, doing away with front-and-center thumbnails for “friends” and “photos,” a move that may further bury some marketing efforts for brands that rely on apps. The result is a cleaner, bolder menu for navigation.

In the new design, users looking for “about” information on a profile page will not have to click to a new page with a new address. They can stay on the profile page they are browsing. Scroll down past the “about” information and a “friends” list will pop up. Keep scrolling and “photos” become available as well.

A “subscriber” page now shows the precise number of followers; up to now, if someone had 180,023 subscribers, it would be shortened to “180K.” The word “subscribers” has also been replaced by “followers,” something Facebook already confirmed it was planning to change.

Browsing through Timeline currently, you have to dart back and forth, left and right, to see posts chronologically. In this design, Facebook returns to a single stream of posts on the left, with friend/photo information to the right. The right hand stream eventually ends, leaving the single stream on its own. This would make it much easier to see one’s chronological stream.

Pressing the “star” on an image within the Timeline did not make the image come up full-screen. Perhaps that’s an unfinished feature.

On Thursday, without notice the profile reverted to normal, but there’s no public timeline saying how much longer normal will be, well, “normal” on Facebook.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar122012

Facebook Adds New Timeline Apps; Over 3,000 Available Now

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- If you’re a Facebook user, you’ve likely noticed the new Timeline layout that has started to roll out, bringing a different look to user profile pages and replacing “The Wall” that most people were used to.  Along for the ride come a whole new slew of what Facebook calls “Timeline apps.”

Timeline apps aren’t games, but rather “lifestyle apps,” Facebook’s Malorie Lucich told ABC News. “They build upon Facebook’s social layer and make people’s Timelines more expressive with the things they are doing,” she said. In essence, they bring your favorite services and smartphone apps right to your Facebook page.

Monday at SXSW, the interactive media conference in Austin, Facebook is announcing some big additions to the Timeline app portal, including apps from Foursquare, The Onion, Fandango and Endomondo.

Since the launch of the new app platform two months ago, 3,000 apps have become available for users. The apps can be added to users’ Timelines and can be set to refresh automatically. For instance, the Spotify app links with the popular music service and shows what music you are or have recently listened to in real time.

The new Foursquare app, which rolls out Monday, will bring more of the features of the mobile app to the Timeline. (Foursquare, if you’ve never used it, is a mobile service that lets you tell friends where you are and interesting things you’ve found on the way.) “We’re excited to upgrade the posts we send to Facebook so people can push their Foursquare activities into Timeline and better showcase check-ins, badges, and mayorships,” Foursquare’s Erin Gleason said.

The Onion app will show videos or articles you’ve watched or read on theonion.com. Similarly, Fandango’s app will show clips of films you’ve watched through Fandango and let you add movies you want to see. The new Endomondo app, which is a fitness app for tracking workouts and run routes, will bring those maps straight to people’s Timelines.

All Facebook Timeline apps are available now; the new ones from Facebook and The Onion, Facebook said, are being added Monday.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jan262012

Facebook to Require New Timeline Profile

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Whether they like or not, all Facebook users will be forced to use the new profile called "Timeline" in the next couple of weeks.

The idea behind Timeline is to serve as a visual story of someone's life. Facebook has a section on its website introducing the new update with the phrase, "Tell your life story with a new kind of profile."

The idea was originally introduced in September of 2011 and made available to developers. More than a million people signed up as of early December 2011 for beta access and gave feedback on the new profile. On Dec. 15, 2011, it was announced Timeline was available to everyone.

According to a blog post this week, "Last year we introduced timeline, a new kind of profile that lets you highlight the photos, posts and life events that help you tell your story. Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline."

Opting in gives a user a seven-day preview period to fix up the timeline before it is published. However, the timeline goes live automatically after the seven days if a user doesn't choose to make it live before the preview period is over.

According to Facebook, there are currently more than 800 million active users and more than 50 percent of users log on in any given day.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec152011

Facebook Launches New Timeline Feature

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Facebook’s much anticipated Timeline feature goes live Thursday, giving the site’s 800 million active users the opportunity to significantly reconfigure their personal pages.

Instead of the current profile format of a picture alongside bulleted information and posts, the new Timeline format turns a user’s Facebook information into something akin to an everlasting online scrapbook.

The format lets users curate events from their lives by expanding or contracting them according to their importance, rather than just having them listed as posts in chronological order.

“The profile page you’ve had is really good at representing the present, and it’s really terrible at representing the past,” Facebook spokesperson Meredith Chin told ABC News during a demonstration of Timeline.

Chin describes the Timeline feature as being inspired by the concept of a book, where chapters can represent different stages of a user’s life. The Timeline feature reflects this by letting users create their own “cover” with an image of their choosing. Posts become stories in sequence along a timeline down the middle of the page. Users can reformat them to highlight different events.

The launch of the Timeline feature comes at a complicated time for Facebook. Last month the company settled with the federal government after the FTC reprimanded Facebook for failing to protect user privacy. The FTC said the company turned users’ private information public without adequate warning, and said Facebook allowed advertisers to get data on users who clicked their ads.

Under the settlement, the company will be subjected to independent privacy audits for the next 20 years.

Facebook will let users give Timeline a trial run. Instead of an instant switch from the current profiles — which could leave people with pages that unexpectedly emphasize posts they might prefer to hide — new Timeline users get a week to “edit” their profiles. During this trial run, users can change or delete any unwanted information before others see it.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Sep262011

Facebook Will Always Be Free, Company Says

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- An Internet rumor claiming that users will soon have to pay for Facebook, prompted the company to issue a denial and promise that the service will always be free.

This rumor has made the rounds via numerous members' status updates:

"IT IS OFFICIAL IT WAS EVEN ON THE NEWS. FACEBOOK WILL START CHARGING DUE TO THE NEW PROFILE CHANGES. IF YOU COPY THIS ON YOUR WALL YOUR ICON WILL TURN BLUE AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FREE FOR YOU. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON IF NOT YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED IF YOU DO NOT PAY"

Facebook provided a statement to ABC News and posted it on its own Facebook page: "A rumor on the internet caught our attention. We have no plans to charge for Facebook. It’s free and always will be."

The website has recently come under harsh criticism for changes to the service’s newsfeed -- the first of many changes coming to Facebook.

It’s not the first time such misinformation has spread about the social networking service. In July, when Facebook announced it was partnering with the video chat service Skype, a similar rumor made the rounds.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Sep232011

Facebook's 'Defriend Finder' Among New Features

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- If Facebook’s recent changes have left you angry and perplexed, brace yourself for some more unsettling news.
 
When Facebook fully rolls out its latest overhaul in the coming weeks, anonymous “defriending” -- or the simple act of removing someone from your Facebook friends list without their knowledge -- will become a thing of the past. Sort of.
 
On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced a new feature called Timeline, which aims to provide users with a visual display of their lives, as documented on the social media site. "[A]ll your stories, all your apps, a new way to express who you are," Zuckerberg said at the company’s annual developers conference in San Francisco.
 
But as BuzzFeed reported Friday, Timeline will also let you see older versions of your friends list and a button that not-so-subtly indicates whether you’re still “friends.”
 
“There is a way where you can go in to a certain point in time and basically, if you look at your friends tab, maybe from three years ago, and you see the ‘Add Friend’ button from someone in that list, that will basically tell you that they have defriended you since you became their friend,” said Meghan Peters, community manager at Mashable. Click here to see how to unfriend.
 
But rest assured: those old college acquaintances, distant relatives, and annoying serial posters whom you’ve since given the social axe, can’t easily find out that you’ve decided to cut ties.
 
“It’s not going to automatically notify you and it’s not publicly being pushed into any streams anywhere,” Peters said.
 
Users will have to know where to look for the information, Peters said, and that’s a good thing. “I think that people will definitely be upset by it. I mean, it always hurts to know that someone isn’t your friend anymore.”
 
“Some people might understand, ‘Well, hey, I haven’t talked to that person in four years anyway. Maybe we shouldn’t be friends on Facebook.”
 
Along with Timeline, Zuckerberg announced Thursday the integration of a number of streaming music services like Rdio, Slacker and Spotify, into Facebook’s interface.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio







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