Last week, Facebook conducted the F8 conference to announce a slew of changes for the users of the social networking site. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook termed the Facebook changes as “all your stories, all your apps and a new way to express who you are”.
According to him the changes will make a lot more sense since now you can also read the book rather than just liking it. Let’s see what the changes are up to.
This is being termed as the biggest of the Facebook changes. The Facebook timeline will convert the personal profiles into a timeline of events. Thus whatever you do will appear as a timeline.
You may use the timeline to actually see what you posted in a particular month of the year by directly clicking on the month present at the top right side of your profile page.
Though it is being rolled out slowly, there is a mixed reaction with many hailing this as the greatest Facebook changes ever, while other dumping the same as more complex for the user. Only time will prove whether it is a hit or a flop!
Another of the major changes announced by Facebook is the Ticker. It will be found on the upper right hand side of the Facebook Home page. It is a list of all the activities going on in your friends circle.
The list is updated on the top and it subsequently scrolls down. This is a noble idea but has received flak from most of the users. For example, a friend of yours comments on a photo or status of his friend then it is updated in the list.
Most users feel that they won’t need that update since the person is not on their friend list and is the reason for the ‘thumbs down’. If any friend on the list likes a page the Ticker gets updated. Group updates appear on the list.
Many users find it irritating to see the top right hand sidebar getting updated every few seconds!
How about logging in to your account and read the update from your best buddy? This is one change that received a ‘thumbs up’. You can now wish what to appear at the top of your page.
You wished to hear directly from people who interested you, but since you didn’t know them personally, you could not take a look at their posts. Facebook has made this very thing possible.
You don’t know a person, so sending him a friend request wouldn’t help. But don’t worry! You can subscribe for their posts and have the same appear right in your home page. Thus you get to see what you choose to see.
If you would like to share your public updates with more than just friends, you can get a Subscribe button to your profile. You can enable this optional feature by going to the Subscriptions Page.
Improved Friend Lists
Improved friend lists are one feature that many will agree with. Whenever you hover over the Friend button on a user’s profile, you have the option to set him/her as ‘Close Friend’ or just an ‘Acquaintance’.
The former will have their subscription changed to ‘All Posts’ while the later will have ‘Only Important’. But this change didn’t please some users who expect more from Facebook from the functional point of view.
Smart lists will take into account the common information from you and your friend’s accounts and ensure that lists are created and maintained up-to-date.
The old right-hand corner previously had ‘Home’, ‘Profile’ and ‘Account’. The ‘Profile’ disappears now and is replaced by a small thumbnail and name of the user logged in. Also the ‘Account’ option is replaced by a down arrow to suit your needs.
Other Changes In Facebook
Other changes that you may not notice is that Facebook will not choke your inbox with every update and rather go for important ones. The pictures on your home page will now appear larger. Birthday wishes can be made without changing to the birthday guy’s profile.
These Facebook changes may at the very outset seem a bit annoying, but with time you will surely get comfortable with them and love them as you have loved Facebook from the very first day!