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Facebook gets personal with new timeline design

Rumors of a new Facebook timeline design started spreading around March.  New Zealand, Facebook’s test market, was the first to see the new design and I was immediately jealous. This is probably the first design (aside from the new newsfeed) that I actually like. Why couldn’t I be in New Zealand? But luckily, Zuckerberg doesn’t keep us waiting long. Word is the new timeline is out and most of you will either love it or hate it and after you all threaten to quit, you’ll eventually get used to it and move on.

The focus of the new design is for you to understand your friends or newly acquired friends a little better without having to stalk their entire profile or click on too many tabs. All of your personal information (that you choose to display) is highlighted on your profile with immediate attention being drawn to the “about” section. It is then followed by any friends you have, photos, and other data like check-ins (ranging from native Facebook check-ins, Foursquare, or Yelp), any movies or shows you’ve watched or liked via GetGlue, Netflix, books you’ve read and cataloged on Goodreads, etc.  So guess what? You can stalk your friends directly from their page, or that new guy you’re dating, or that person you secretly loathe but still keep tabs on. You get it. Facebook wants you buried in more information than you’re willing to consume or maybe you are. It’s also information that brands and developers can get their hands on for marketing purposes.

What’s great about all this lovely data is how it’s all organized. No more boxes and having to go left and right to read a profile page. All posts now stream beautifully to the right while other data about yourself stays steady to the left. The left navigation can also be customized to suit your needs which is a little known fact. Click on the pencil icon on top of any of the sections to left and select “edit sections.” A window will pop up with all the applications you’ve given access to and you will be able to re-order how they appear on your timeline. You can also remove them from this area as well. The only sections that can’t be re-arranged are your info, friends, and photos.

Aside from the new Facebook timeline, you may have noticed that Facebook took a cue from MySpace and added emoticons just in case you missed your time there. I surely don’t but the emoticons are kinda fun. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Try posting a status update. Under the box, you’ll be prompted to add how you’re feeling, what you’re listening to, what you’re reading etc. All great data that Facebook is collecting while your friends soak up your emotions, habits, and other juicy tidbits about your life. I suppose it’s a win/win for all.

What do you think? Do you love/hate the new Facebook timeline design? Sound off below. Also visit my latest blog post on Facebook changes you may have missed.

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