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Oh Facebook. You just up and change everything without telling anyone, acting like you own the site or something. And now we find out that this Ticker and these Subscriptions are just scratching the surface, and you are planning to flip our profile pages inside out and upside down. Do you think that is going to go over well?
Actually, it will probably go over really well. Your new profile page is where the power of the new Facebook is going to shine. You’ll now have the ability to add significant customization, tell the story of your life from birth, and manage the new apps that will connect you with friends and family like never before.
These changes will not be rolled out for a few weeks, but don’t despair: you don’t have to wait if you don’t want to. Lets take a look at the major changes, and then we’ll tell you how you can get your new profile page today.
Covers are the new huge image that takes over the top third of your profile page, and you can fill with whatever you want. Your profile pic can still be whatever you want, but now you can greet people with something besides just your face in a tiny little box.
You couldn't fit an image so cool in your old profile pic box.
If you want to make something customized, the size of the Cover is 851 x 315 pixels. You can however upload any picture, but so far cropping options are somewhat limited. Either way, you just got some personalization on your profile page separate from your profile pic, and we think that is excellent.
Scroll down past your Cover and you find your posts, photos, and life events organized based on when they happened. This is your Timeline. It is wider than your old profile, and a lot more visual.
You can control what is featured on your timeline; you can make important things bigger and hide other things completely.
If key parts of your life aren’t included because they happened before Facebook, no worries. You can now add them to your timeline, and fill in the gaps from your birth to the last song you just listened to.
It's like havng a digital scrapbook of your entire life.
You can also skim back through your private activity log, where you’ll find everything you ever shared since you joined Facebook. You can highlight any of these items to showcase them on your timeline, too.
Once you have a snazzy looking cover image and your timeline all backfilled, the logic behind all of the recent changes starts to become apparent. Your profile page is like the digital hub of your life. While you can keep track of your friends on the Ticker, it is on your profile page where the new Facebook really shines, and that light is coming from Apps.
Apps are being developed for this new platform that will allow you and your friends to instantly share the content you enjoy. Listening to a great new song on Spotify? One of your friends can, too. One of your friends is watching the latest episode of your favorite TV show on Hulu? You can, too. Right through Facebook.
Those activities won’t spam your friends newfeeds, but will quickly pop on on the Ticker. But, now your friends can come to your profile page, click on the Music tab, and get a display of every song you’ve ever played using a music service with a Facebook app -- like Spotify. From right on your page, your friends and click and play any song you’ve ever listened to.
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So if you have a friend with great music taste, you can enjoy their selections anytime you want. Now imagine the same connections for movies, TV show, books, food recipes, hiking routes… the possibilities are limitless. The more you and your friends include and share about your life, the more magical the new Facebook becomes.
And when you are digging through the stacks of your friends music list, having the Ticker by your side so you don’t miss anything suddenly make a lot of sense. Honest, it does.
The new profile pages don’t go live for a few weeks, but you can click here to visit Facebook's official page about Timeline, scroll to the bottom, and request an early invite. If that is not fast enough for you, than check out the slideshow below and we’ll show you how you can have the new profile page in just a few minutes.