Facebook redesigns Timeline profiles again

Shortly after Facebook went public on Friday, they quietly began testing a new look for the "Timeline" profile style on a limited set of profiles. 

The new design, features small tweaks to the existing design that make it easier to view overall, moving the user name and other personal details onto an overlay of the cover photo and adding a gradient so that it's readable. It also adds tabs below the cover photo such as photos, friends, map and a new tab called "summary" that shows a list of life events the user has listed on their profile. Additionally, the "likes" button has been renamed to "favorites." 


Old Timeline view

The changes aren't huge, but are probably the result of the Facebook hackathon before the IPO last week. We also saw a new, simplified notification menu quietly released last week too that allows users to control noisy applications. Talking Points Memo contacted Facebook, but they declined to specify if the look will become the standard timeline view eventually.

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I'm hoping they bring timeline design concepts to the Facebook feed page. I think that'd make it much better in many respects.

I like this new design! I think it would benefit them if they're getting away from the boxy layout a bit. I also enjoy the Timeline. I think it's a huge improvement over what we had before, and like how it's making a difference between major and less important events, making photo posts prettier, and so on.

Ya I'm not sure what all the complaining is about this is a nice change for the Timeline feature. Sure you may not like the Timeline, but this isn't the post for that comment. I agree that hiding videos inside of Pictures doesn't make much sense.
I almost never go to someone's Timeline page anyway, so big deal on it.

They really need to redesign the Organize Photo UI... A Multi Select or Mass Move or Mass Organize would be extremely helpful!

omg I hate change, this is change so I immediately reject it.

Seriously people. Facebook is an ad-delivery system that many of us have opt into by choice. Who cares what it looks like.
It's not like we're going back to bonzai buddy for our ads.
ugh.
Facebook manages my contacts so I don't have to. Beyond that I never use it.
I don't think I've even seen my own timeline page, nor do investigate others.

Do not like Timeline at all. Think it is stupid and there is no point to it. I barely use FB other than to check pics family posts and when they force the timeline on everyone, I may just stop using it all together. Unless by some crazy change they allow you to choose between the two...but I really doubt that.

techbeck said,
Do not like Timeline at all. Think it is stupid and there is no point to it. I barely use FB other than to check pics family posts and when they force the timeline on everyone, I may just stop using it all together. Unless by some crazy change they allow you to choose between the two...but I really doubt that.

In that case how does timeline even affect you. it just affects how your profile is displayed, and makes that a lot more logical and nice with the chronoligcal updates. if you just use it to check what others do you're just on the front page of facebook anyway and will never see a timeline.

HawkMan said,

In that case how does timeline even affect you. it just affects how your profile is displayed, and makes that a lot more logical and nice with the chronoligcal updates. if you just use it to check what others do you're just on the front page of facebook anyway and will never see a timeline.

Precisely... he's just a hater for the sake of hating. Far too many of them on Neowin. He's just proved his logic for hating it is idiotic.

Spirit Dave said,

Precisely... he's just a hater for the sake of hating. Far too many of them on Neowin. He's just proved his logic for hating it is idiotic.

Its my opinion and my preference. I love how you call someone an idiot because they voice their opinion. Your tolerance for others views astounds me.

HawkMan said,

In that case how does timeline even affect you. it just affects how your profile is displayed, and makes that a lot more logical and nice with the chronoligcal updates. if you just use it to check what others do you're just on the front page of facebook anyway and will never see a timeline.

I do occasionally look at others pages. I just dont like they way timeline looks and prefer the older layout. I know what timeline is all about, but I dont see why anyone would want to go back several years to see what someone said/posted and why someone would put all that info about themselves online.

It doesnt really effect me, but then again it doesnt have to for me to make a comment and voice my opinion.

This is one of the few Facebook profile changes that I actually prefer. It gives us more information in less space, yet it's still cleaner. I am curious what will happen if your timeline picture happens to be bright (it looks like the letters have a modest shadow, with the dark semi-transparent gradient in the container to protect from this problem).

Although, I am one of the few people that seems to actually like Timeline now that I have had it for awhile and gone back to old pages.

Munroe said,
Wow, same pictures also, they could at least reference the source (i.e. you in this case)

That's because the real source is Gizmodo.

rfirth said,

That's because the real source is Gizmodo.

Well in that case then reference Gizmodo, but whoever, just stick in references. Like Alex did in his forum post "Source: Gizmodo"

Actually, Gizmodo cites "Talking Points Memo" as the source.

In any case, Neowin does a very very poor job of providing links to sources. They should have a link at the bottom of every article that provides the source in very clear language. The source shouldn't be a link embedded in the article that you have to hunt for.

Munroe said,
Wow, same pictures also, they could at least reference the source (i.e. you in this case)

The pictures are from TPM, where Owen saw the story.

warwagon said,
Now just let us get to video without going through pictures

Because that is such a major inconvenience?
Video is just much less important than Pictures are on Facebook.
I personally happen to have uploaded 2577 actual photos to Facebook, but only 23 (much less interesting) videos, and among my friends I always see a similar pattern. I think adding a video link is the least of their worries.

Ambroos said,

Because that is such a major inconvenience?
Video is just much less important than Pictures are on Facebook.
I personally happen to have uploaded 2577 actual photos to Facebook, but only 23 (much less interesting) videos, and among my friends I always see a similar pattern. I think adding a video link is the least of their worries.

Because it took me a while to realize where it was even at, I found TONS of videos from friends I didn't even know existed. Why exactly are we clicking PICTURES, to get to videos?

Edited by warwagon, May 23 2012, 1:20am :

Owen W said,

Gizmodo is not the source for this story.

Indeed, Talking Points Memo is. You simply clicked the Gizmodo article, and saw that their source was Talking Points Memo. Hell, even the photos are identical.

Just saying, I used to use the Contact link and report great news tips to you 5+ times a week. Now, since nobody ever credits them, I've been posting in BPN... yet they still get nicked! Just common courtesy really, seeing as you are on commission for page views/comments.

-Alex- said,

Indeed, Talking Points Memo is. You simply clicked the Gizmodo article, and saw that their source was Talking Points Memo. Hell, even the photos are identical.

Just saying, I used to use the Contact link and report great news tips to you 5+ times a week. Now, since nobody ever credits them, I've been posting in BPN... yet they still get nicked! Just common courtesy really, seeing as you are on commission for page views/comments.


Honestly, I saw this on TPM first. I didn't browse the forums before seeing this, nor have I browsed them at all today. You don't know the process I used to find this article, please stop assuming.

Owen W said,

Honestly, I saw this on TPM first. I didn't browse the forums before seeing this, nor have I browsed them at all today. You don't know the process I used to find this article, please stop assuming.

Interesting how the exact same photos were used on the Greenpeace invading Apple HQ article as mine too... as for the others I've reported as news tips, I simply left a link in the contact box (i.e. no photos to copy).

This discussion has got way out of hand, as it's obviously hit a nerve with quite a few members. I didn't post my initial comment with the intention of hijacking a news article's comments, and filling it with this crap, but as I say, it's obviously hit a nerve with people...

-Alex- said,
Once again, you're welcome for stealing my news tip without credit... 3rd time in a week!

http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...e-look-you-might-hate-again

It's the internet, news gets passed around all over the place. It isn't hard to imagine that the news poster genuinely did find this news outside of neowin, I often see articles on neowin, then other sites after. It frequently happens the other way around too.

MightyJordan said,

Oh god, I know the feeling. I used to post news tips in the Gamers Hangout, and they'd get onto the front page, but with no mention of me or my forum topic, so I just stopped posting them.

That isn't tipping Neowin. Members tip Neowin about news through the Contact Neowin form: http://www.neowin.net/contact. I appreciate your intentions regarding tipping, but no one can reasonably suggest that a reporter or editor has learned about that news from a thread in the Neowin forums, and they can't reasonably expect credit for a tip, because it's most likely that the reporter or editor didn't see the post in the forums. We have a Contact Neowin form for this reason

deadonthefloor said,

I use the "Contact" form with the "Type of Contact" set to "News Tips" when I want credit.
I don't think the editors of neowin read every single forum post, that's just silly.

Yep. As news staff we read a lot of websites, RSS feeds and Twitter updates to get the latest news, so it is more than likely we have seen it in one of those ways before we see it in the forums. If you do want to tip us with news, the best way (as others have said) is to use http://www.neowin.net/contact

Just because someone has posted it in the forums before we posted it on the front page does not mean we saw it in the forums first

-Alex- said,

Now, since nobody ever credits them, I've been posting in BPN... yet they still get nicked! Just common courtesy really, seeing as you are on commission for page views/comments.

Oh noes! You've not been given credit for finding a bit of news.
Fame hungry or what?!

Mr Spoon said,
Oh noes! You've not been given credit for finding a bit of news.
Fame hungry or what?!

I was trying to find the right words to use to describe this situation. Thanks for doing the job for me.