Yesterday was a monumental day in social networking history, also known as f8– Facebook’s developer conference. Everything you are accustomed to is about to change. Everything you do on the internet is about to be socialized. Forget about the “Like” button. In a couple months you’ll be saying, “Remember when we use to like things on the internet?” You and your friends will all laugh and reminisce about the old Facebook ::sigh::
But first, let’s talk about YOU. What changes are you going to see over the next couple weeks? The eZanga team has been looking through the new profile layout, which will be called your Timeline. Here’s a summary of the look, functionality and customization options:
TIMELINE: all of your stories, all of you apps, express who you are.
Just what it sounds like, Timeline will be chronicling the story of your life in an easy to use format. Facebook will automatically summarize and time stamp your past/present events including: photos, posts, tags, check-ins, groups, likes…well pretty much every click you ever made on Facebook, and then organize it in chronological order. The outlined blue box below enables you to jump to periods of time in your Facebook history.
‘Now’ is the majority of what is displayed on your Timeline (encompassing the past days and weeks), then breaks down to recent months, years, and decades. I know you’re probably thinking, “Decades…but Facebook hasn’t been around for decades?” Answer: Timeline allows you to go back in time (insert Back to the Future quote here) and fill in the moments of your life that occurred BEFORE Facebook time:
Yes, the When says “May 23, 2003″ the day and year eZanga.com was founded. I was even able to tag who I was with (eZanga co-founders Rich Kahn, CEO and wife Beth Kahn, CFO). Timeline allows you to add:
- Work and education: Add a job, school or military affiliation
- Family and Education: When you got engaged or married, add a child or pet, or when you lost a love one
- Living: When you moved, bought a house or vehicle, and add a roommate
- Health and Wellness: When you broke a bone, had surgery, or overcame an illness
- Milestones and Experiences: When you learned a language, got your license, traveled, earned an achievement or award
(Each of these categories give you the option to add a default life event if it is not available)
“Expressing who you are” was major during the f8 conference. The biggest point to Timeline is being able to define who you are in a socially interactive way. Your favorite music, foods, television shows, movies, games etc, can be integrated into your personal Timeline. How’s that?
OPEN GRAPH: A New Class of Apps
Say hello to Open Graph, one of the second biggest changes to Facebook. We won’t be talking too much about this in the post today but here’s the jist: The “Like” will turn into VERB+NOUN and every actions you can perform (read, listen, watch, cook, run, search etc.) will take it’s place. Say what?!
Ok, here’s an example: Let’s say you are listening to music on Spotify. The New Facebook will let you share, “Jimmy Hoppa is LISTENING to Jeremiah was a Bull Frog on Spotify.”
The next Facebook Era is all about “Engagement” and connecting users in almost any way that is virtually possible, without ever leaving the site. So not only can you listen, but you can listen with your friends on Facebook! Open Graph is going to be the next wave to Social Business, Social Personal, Social Everything.
As we learn about the applications created using Open Graph, and the different ways businesses will use and integrate them into Facebook, we will post more.
There’s the overview. So tell me, how do you feel about the New Facebook?
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