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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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 :

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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