The "New" Facebook

Facebook has once again made changes to it’s layout, and this time they’re pretty substantial.  I’ve been using the “New” Facebook for about a month now.  Here are a couple of the biggest differences:

 Cover Photo

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You now will have the option to select a cover photo.  This doesn’t replace your profile picture, but is added in addition to the profile picture.  The profile picture is made a little smaller while the cover photo is massive. You also have the option to not have a cover photo at all. 

The Timeline


Facebook no longer makes use of the “wall”.  Now it’s called the Timeline.  All of your activity and others’ posts to you will appear on your Timeline.  On the top right hand corner, your timeline appears in a condensed form laid out in years.  You can click through all of these years and see virtually any and every post that you’ve ever made.

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 You can also feature certain events on your timeline which makes the actual post larger.  Also Facebook to mark certain landmark dates on your timeline such as when you graduated from high school, when you get/got married, or really any big event you’d like to let the world know about.  You can even go back before Facebook existed and mark the day you were born. 

How To Get It Early

 Several websites have speculated on the date that this new layout will be available to everyone, but it seems that Facebook has been pushing the date back.  However, there is a way to get the beta version earlier, shown here.

-Chase Richardson

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