Facebook is adding a new section to users’ About pages on their Timeline that showcases the social games they play.
The games section is similar to the movies, books, TV and music sections launched with the latest profile redesign earlier this month. It displays the games users have recently played and all those that they’ve Liked. Users can customize the order of their About page to feature games more prominently near the top or hide it completely.
However, unlike those other sections for entertainment, the games section does not include a list of games users “want to play.”
Although Facebook publicly announced a new Timeline layout last week with posts in a single column on the right and customizable modules to the left, some users are seeing another design, which is more of a hybrid of the new and old Timeline.
Blink VP Planning and Media Eti Suruzon says her profile was updated Wednesday, but it doesn’t look like the version Facebook has launched to others. The cover photo design and navigation bar beneath it are the same as what the social network debuted last week, but the posts continue to appear in a two-column layout as they were previously.
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Netflix today announced that members in the U.S. can now connect with Facebook and share the shows and movies they watch with friends, after a decades-old law preventing this type of feature was amended earlier this year.
International users have been able to share their Netflix activity on Facebook since Open Graph launched, but U.S. users couldn’t. Instead, they came to know Open Graph as a way for video apps like Socialcam and Viddy to share automatically on their behalf as soon as they clicked a link. This year Facebook is focused on helping users share stories about more long-form content they consume — a movie instead of a 30-second clip, a book instead of a one-off article. Netflix integration is key to building out the video side of this strategy.
Along with a Timeline redesign, Facebook today announced new features for developers to get their apps more prominently featured on users’ profiles.
Timeline includes new app and activity-driven sections that users can customize to highlight the categories and apps that are most important to them. Developers can configure “collections,” which showcase a user’s activity in their app. For example, Foursquare displays a user’s check-ins, badges, top places, saved places and map. These app sections will replace Timeline “aggregations,” which didn’t necessarily include all Open Graph stories and were not easily discoverable in the old UI. However, developers who previously configured aggregations will need to now create collections, which must be approved by Facebook.
When users add an app section, they can choose where it appears among their other sections, and it will remain there until they edit the order or visibility of the section. Previously, app modules would appear sporadically on Timeline. Users couldn’t control which apps were displayed or in what order. App sections also weren’t available on mobile before, but are in the latest update.
Facebook today announced a wide rollout of a Timeline redesign some users got access to last month.
The new layout puts a user’s posts and life events on the right, and their About info and app activity on the left. This reduces the need for users to look back and forth between two columns to read posts on their page. The About page now gives users more options to show off their favorite movies, books and music, as well as their fitness activity and other stories they’ve shared through Open Graph apps.
No change is being made to business or fan pages today.
Facebook has begun rolling out an updated design for the user About page on their Timeline, which now gives users more options to customize their page and features larger visuals and more integration of Open Graph apps.
Reader Matt Navarra says today he was prompted with a pop-up on his profile that said, ”Add things you care about to your all-new About page.” The new page is appearing for users with the latest design for Timeline, which includes some users in the U.K. and New Zealand. These users can now choose which apps and content types appear on the page and choose the order in which they appear by using the edit icon in the corner. Users have one long page that they and friends can scroll through or jump to specific sections by clicking on titles in the bar across the top of the page.
Sections for Open Graph apps summarize user activity in a Pinterest-like format similar to how these items appear in News Feed. Sections for movies, books, music and other content include new “Want to Watch/Read/Listen” lists.
A new variation of the user Timeline design has been spotted this week, according to The Next Web.
The new layout puts a user’s About info in a box to the left of their posts instead of in the header. Like other designs we’ve been seeing since October 2012, it organizes posts in a single column instead of having posts on both the left and right side of Timeline. There is also an updated publisher box that looks a bit more modern than the existing design. Overall, the top portion of a user’s Timeline is more monochromatic than the design most users currently have.
You can compare this design to other versions we saw being tested last month and last year.
Image via The Next Web.
Facebook is experimenting with a new Timeline format that puts all of a user’s posts in a single column to the right and apps and other modules on the left.
We first saw Facebook testing a single-column view for Timeline posts in October 2012. Social media consultant Mari Smith got access to a similar layout but with an updated header, which put users names in white on top of their cover photo and eliminated preview images for tabs, in December. Now we’ve seen a similar design, which uses the same header but swaps the columns for posts and activity modules.
With this layout, the publisher and all posts beneath it have gotten wider than in the traditional two-column design Facebook has used for Timeline. Modules like “Recent Activity,” “Friends,” “Places” and those for any Open Graph apps are all to the left and they are no longer the same size as posts. Another difference is the control that users have over these modules. Each box has a pencil icon which users can click to then rearrange or hide the module. In the original Timeline design, users cannot move these boxes and they can only hide the ones from third-party apps. Facebook-created modules are not able to be hidden or rearranged.
Life events and other highlighted posts don’t stretch across the page when they are starred. In the original Timeline design, when a user highlights a post, it appears larger than others. Now, posts simply get a blue banner in the corner but otherwise remain the same size as standard posts.
Overall, the layout addresses one of the common complaints about the new profile: users previously had to look back and forth on the page as they scrolled through to read their stream. With this design, the line down the center has been removed, making the profile look less like a timeline. However, the timeline of dates still exists in the top right of the page to jump to a particular month or year. The header is also much cleaner than in the original design. Whether posts work better on the left or right hand side of the profile is unclear.
Thanks to Matt Navara for the tip and screenshot.
Facebook today announced a number of changes to improve the usability of its privacy controls, including a redesigned activity log, a two-step app permissions process, a new request and removal tool for photos, and more user education throughout the site.
The social network has long offered some of the most robust privacy controls on the web, but because of this comprehensiveness, it struggles with presenting all the options in a clear, easy-to-use way. The changes announced today are Facebook’s most prominent efforts at simplifying its system and giving users more control over what they share since it overhauled privacy settings and introduced the activity log last year.
The latest changes appear to be an improvement with more straightforward language, fewer options hidden beneath menus, a faster way to untag multiple photos and an app authorization process that first asks users if an app can access a user’s information and then asks if it can post to Timeline.
Of course, any time Facebook makes any visual or functional changes, users have to adjust. The frequency with which the social network reorganizes features and introduces new ones is a source of frustration for many people. Another upcoming change that some users will dislike is the phase out of the “Who can look up my timeline by name?” setting. Facebook will soon make it so that users can not hide themselves from Facebook search. The company points out that the setting was limited in that users can be found a number of other ways on the site. It has removed the setting for users who were not using it, and will gradually remove it for the “small percentage” of users who are.
We’ll go into the changes in more depth below. Facebook says these updates will roll out over the next few weeks.