Hands-on with new one-column Facebook Timeline

By , Mar 13, 2013

New Facebook Timeline (Design)

The social networking giant Facebook today announced that the improved Timeline rocking a much-awaited one-column layout is rolling out today and “in the coming weeks” to users worldwide. The subtle and welcomed redesign has nothing to do with a new-look News Feed, also coming pretty soon.

The two-column Timeline prominently features shortcuts to your About, Friends and Photos sections. Facebook has also introduced several new sections for your About view: Movies, Books and Photos, where you can indicate what you read, watched and shared.

Also cool: the new Instagram Timeline app replicates your photo stream across the full width of your Facebook profile, quite handy for showcasing the photos you shared on this Facebook-owned service without having to manually upload them to Facebook…

Facebook acknowledged “it heard from you that the current timeline layout is sometimes hard to read.”

You bet it’s cluttered, Facebook.

As part of the new two-column Timeline, all posts are moved on the right side of your Timeline. On the left are sections for your photos, music and other recent activity.

As seen in the screenshot top of post, your Timeline now prominently highlights the horizontally aligned buttons that provide quick access to your About page, Friends, Photos and More (brings up a pull-down menu with additional choices).

You can add other or remove other apps from your About page or in your Activity Log. To add an app as its own section on your About page, go to your Timeline and click About beneath the cover photo, then hit the pencil icon in the top right of the About page and select Edit Sections.

Facebook Timeline (add apps to About page)

From there, check the apps you want to add to your About page and hit Save when done. To control who sees stuff on your About page, use the audience selector next to individual stories in your Activity log or right on your About page.

It is also possible to select an audience for, say, the movies you’ve liked by choosing Edit Privacy in the upper right of the Movies section and use the audience selector under the header Likes.

Facebook cautions that adding stuff to your About page that you’re interested in isn’t the same as liking a post or a Page.

New Facebook Timeline (Instagram)

If you’re a fan of Instagram, Facebook now lets you include your Instagram photo stream as a section on your Timeline. This produces a much cleaner layout versus populating your Timeline view with a bunch of individual Instagram snaps.

New Facebook Timeline (Movies)

The Movies section lets you add your favorite movies and television shows. Timeline apps such as Flixster and Netflix will share what you’re watching right to this section – again, reducing the clutter on your Timeline stemming from the individual app posts. By the way, Netflix today rolled out an enhanced social experience to its U.S. audience, with Facebook a major part of it.

New Facebook Timeline (Books)

The Books section lets you keep track of your favorite reading material. You can also add books via Goodreads here. And when you browse a friend’s profile and see a book they recently read, you can click the plus sign to reveal a menu with additional options to add the book to your About’s Books section or indicate that you plan on reading it.

New Facebook Timeline (Book media display)

Facebook has updated its Help resources so go there to get more information about today’s changes.

The real change will ensue in a few weeks time, when Facebook is scheduled to roll out an all-new News Feed look focused on bigger photos and content thumbnails, something CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls a “personalized newspaper” of sorts.

The new News Feed will launch in iOS and Android apps soon, rolling out to desktop at a later stage. Facebook classes it as its very first redesign that treats both mobile and desktop devices as one screen, finally achieving feature parity between the two, or so we’re told.

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  • pauleebe

    Facebook version 135426. When will this one be available …

  • Boss

    Only Facebook could change it’s theme and get more boring each time I hope Apple takes their time and change iOS but better

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      didn’t apple already took long enough time.?. (2007-2013)

      • http://www.facebook.com/justin.thurmond Justin Thurmond

        How do you guys want it different? Could you point out some more better or more clever ways of making a screen to select apps from? Because I’m baffled? If you want themes just JB and either make one yourself or d/l one from themeit or a repo.. Im so tired of reading this insanely retarded comment on iOS being old like its inefficient or doesn’t do what you need

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        How about SBSetting/NCSettings like quick access.

        Letting us create custom search in Safari which lets me search iDB or The Verge right from Safari without going to their website.

        Let us CHOOSE default apps for particular tasks…. I could go on and on..

        These are no longer luxuries but they are necessities for painless workflow.

      • http://www.facebook.com/justin.thurmond Justin Thurmond

        There is jb?? If it exists WHY THE HELL do people complain just because apple doesnt include it.. Just freaking appreciate that jb is around.. I read so many whiny baby comments on here about “i want ios better.” Fucking jailbreak exist to do this yet EVERYONE still complains. I personally think its just a problem with people not being able to appreciate what they have. Maybe one day jb will be recognized more by apple, but untli then just have fun with what exists!

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        I don’t wanna wait 6 months for jb. Apple should include these features out of the box. We are not talking about jb. why would even bring that up??

      • http://www.facebook.com/justin.thurmond Justin Thurmond

        I brought it up because we were talking about how to make ios better.. And in convos about a particular thing, a person can bring up any topic that relates? Why ask a question like that? … And you were the one who said sbsettings/ncsettings tardo…

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        wow, I can’t argue with this guy. I give up.

      • http://www.facebook.com/justin.thurmond Justin Thurmond

        The nice part is that its all written out, so its not who remembers best.. Try rereading the whole thing.

  • http://twitter.com/ToanNguyenDuc Toan Nguyen Duc

    I actually like this.

  • http://twitter.com/TamaraSchnare Tamara Schnare

    just before I looked at the receipt saying $4845, I have faith that my neighbour had been realy earning money in their spare time from there pretty old laptop.. there mums best friend has been doing this for only about twenty months and by now paid for the loans on their mini mansion and bourt a brand new BMW 5-series. this is where I went……….. BIT40. ℂOℳ

    • http://twitter.com/YzMENTALzY YzMENTALzY

      Spam please delete

  • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 rud0lf77

    Looks really cool. I set my Facebook Language to English (US) just because I hope that it makes me get this new Timeline earlier.

  • mwpitt52

    Facebook is getting so lame even for the AARP ers

  • http://twitter.com/sexyhamthing @sexyhamthing

    i’ve had this for ages??
    be jealous people who dont live in new zealand :P

  • ankya7

    Looks decent .
    As if it matters. We are gonna accept this and get used to this. -.-

  • http://www.facebook.com/marj.immortal Marjorie Biloy

    how to i apply it to my fb?

  • http://www.facebook.com/janaine.parohinog Janaine Bautista

    how can i upgrade my timeline to that?

  • monique suazon

    IT’S PERFECT! now we can see all the liked pages, favorites and interest. i
    hope we see the “about me” section also in the timeline profile itself.
    WE LOVE IT! hope we can manually update this one to our timeline too. WE
    WANT TO TRY IT NOW! and good job facebook team and Mark Z.

    with this new update “less douchebags” who are annoyingly post status
    in their timeline like hundred times everyday. i really like that one
    column for the statuses it’s like bringing back the classic facebook but
    much neat and elegant with this one. I LOVE IT!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mewflipping Guapo Gato

    My account ain’t yet changed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ilovefrancois Francois Celik

    loved it. it’s very organized. how do i get this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=23907118 Sara Eleta

    Hey friends, I am not seeing anything at all in my left column. It’s just blank there, while all my timeline stuff is pushed over to the right. Any idea how to fix? Thanks.