To say the “New Facebook” is going to look new is an understatement. Regardless of whether you’ve been a Facebook user for six years, six months, or only six days, nothing about your profile that you’ve come to know and understand will look or function the same. Over the next week, Facebook will be rolling out the option for users to opt in to the new Facebook profile design, called a Timeline.
Some users say this new Timeline looks a little like MySpace, or even something Apple designed. Here’s a sneak peek at Facebook’s new profile, and you can decide for yourself what you think about the new Timeline.
Once you opt in to Timeline — which can only be done if you are a developer (or with a trick via TechCrunch) — you will be prompted to choose a cover. The default picture is the last picture in which you were tagged (hence the strange screenshot of Spotify in the picture above), but you can change the cover picture at any time. You can also move on to the next aspect of your Timeline…
Which is views. With views, you can see all your info, photos, likes, apps, and more (including subscribers and subscriptions) at the top of your Timeline. You’ll notice that to the left of views is your basic profile information, including your occupation, alumni, and where you live. Right above the views is…
Your activity log. This log is private to only you and lists all of your posts and activity, from today back to when you started using Facebook. This is one of my favorite features, as I can see activity from seven years ago all the way to now, documenting my last two years in college through every life transition since then. This also means that for those still pining after a long lost love that you interacted with on Facebook, you may want to avoid this section.
Below these sections is your Timeline. Facebook explains that this Timeline can help you rediscover important events from your life, as it shows your top photos, stories, and events. You can scroll back to the beginning or jump to a specific time. You can also add events by clicking on the blue icons in the top right of the status box.
Finally you can customize your time and highlight what’s important by clicking the star button on each story or the pencil to hide or delete the post.
Apps you add or additional stories you share will also appear on your profile, though many of these apps are not available yet.
If you want to be one of the first to opt in to implementing the Timeline on your profile, visit Facebook for a beta invite.