Today at their annual f8 conference, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg introduced significant redesigns and changes to the popular social networking site.
Here’s our guide to the “new Facebook” – from the changes we’re already seeing to some we can expect to roll out over the next few weeks.
Facebook has completely redesigned your profile page. Instead of being a wall with tabs, your profile is now called “timeline” – a way to tell the story of your life on a single page. Scroll down the timeline page year by year and see the stories of your life as uploaded to Facebook in chronological order – like an incredibly well organized digital scrapbook.
Facebook decides which stories are more important than others – and you have the ability to “fill in the blanks” with the years before you had Facebook. That means breaking out your old photo albums and uploading those childhood pictures – get ready to scan, scan, scan!
If you’ve been to your Facebook page in the past day, you’ve already noticed your Ticker – a small news feed on the upper right hand of your home page that shows you just about every single update from all of your friends. Seems irritating – at first. Try hovering your mouse over one of those updates and you’ll see just how powerful the ticker can be. You can add your comments, watch videos, or read articles without leaving your home page.
And, with the addition of Facebook’s new apps you’ll be able to do a lot more than that.
Next: Social Apps
Facebook has had apps for a while now – but not like this. Get ready to sync your Facebook with everything you do – from music, movies, TV, news, and your lifestyle. Listen to music on the popular website Spotify, for example, and if you have the app on Facebook every single song you listen to on the program will be shared in your friends ticker. Friends can then click on the song you’re listening to and it will open for them to hear in Spotify. Welcome to a whole new way to discover and share content with friends.
The same is true of gaming apps. Play popular game Words With Friends and your Facebook friends can click and see the moves you’re making. This applies to everything – from shows you watch on Hulu, movies you watch on Netflix, and recipes you cook.
Learn more at Facebook’s official announcement page here.
What do you like and what do you not like about the new Facebook?