A simple guide to the new Facebook timeline<br />
The evolution of online life<br /> The way we use the internet is evolving. <br /> We now interact in online space in a way we never used to.<br /> The internet is becoming a space where we express ourselves.<br />
We started communicating online first through email.<br /> Email represents an online version of sending a letter. <br />
Then we joined Facebook and created a ‘profile’.<br />Your Facebook profile is a bit like your family fridge. <br />You put stuff on it and allow others to put stuff on it too.<br />
Now Facebook has changed how your profile works.<br /> Instead of a fridge, it is now more like a scrapbook – showing past and present things from your life.<br />
Old Facebook profile<br />New Facebook timeline<br />Only shows recent posts<br />All posts viewable to all friends<br />Only shows your life’s activities since you joined Facebook<br />A single column for your ‘wall’<br />Shows all the posts you’ve ever made<br />You can now choose who specifically can see what<br />You can update your status to show what you were doing in 1982 (or whenever!)<br />Your ‘wall’ is now a double column<br />
A quick tour<br />This is the cover photo – you can choose whatever you want to go here<br />Here’s your timeline, click on a year to jump to it<br />
Your ‘wall’ is now in two columns<br />The line running down the middle is a vertical timeline going from the current time down to the year you were born.<br />
New ways to update your status<br />Work & education<br />Family & relationships<br />Living<br />Health & wellness<br />You can add events from the past as well as current things.<br />Milestones & achievements<br />
Control who sees what<br />You can especially highlight something in your timeline to appear in ‘widescreen’ over both columns or hide it so that it won’t appear.<br />
Go on a nostalgia trip<br />Browse your old posts. This is great fun – look back and see what you were doing on Facebook in 2008 for example.<br />
Enjoy your new timeline!<br /> It’s a different way of thinking about your Facebook profile.<br /> Think of it as your online life scrapbook.<br /> You have more control than you used to have over who sees what and how you arrange your information.<br /> Let me know if you have any questions! <br />http://facebook.com/vahva<br />
Image acknowledgements<br />Pillar box by Johnny English on Flickr.<br />Fridge by Dutch Astrid on Flickr.<br />Scrapbook by Reneero on Flickr.<br />
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