Facebook has started releasing the new timeline profile to the public. You have about a week to play with it, then all profiles are being converted on 12/22.
Some people have really enjoyed the change. It’s a little stroll down the memory lane of your time on Facebook. Vacation photos, births, weddings, parties, events you attended, status updates you’ve made can all be reviewed. If there is a post or photo that you do not want displayed hover over it and click the PEN symbol. You can select to hide it from your timeline or delete it.
Haters Are Gonna Hate
The negative feedback is largely surrounding the new 2 column layout, which can feel crowded at first and of course, privacy. Make sure you review your privacy settings prior to flipping to the new timeline profile.
I always suggest using the “Custom” Privacy option, as it gives you the greatest amount of control over who sees your profile and what friends/non friends/ members of groups on different lists can see. I control tags fairly aggressively. While I allow people to tag me in photos, I do not allow certain friend list members see them. You can also limit the visibility of old posts. Facebook allows you to “… have the option to individually change the audience of your posts. Just go to the post you want to change and choose a different audience.” Another gem worth looking at is a setting under Apps “How people bring your info to apps they use” – I limit the info they can share to my web site, no other personal information can travel to an application a friend is using.
Focus On The Positive
Personally, I LOVE the cover photo. It’s a big horizontal photo that is shown at the top of your timeline. I created one that is a compilation of different photos (you can take a peek here). You still have a profile photo, but it is much smaller and does not stand out unless you do something really creative. Take a peek at Mashable’s top 10 creative timelines. You have an opportunity to really brand yourself with the cover photo (post in the comments if you come up with something really fun).
Under the cover photo on the right hand side you’ll find the settings on what “about” boxes you want to show. Apps, Friends, Photos, Likes, Music, Subscribers and Notes are some of the options. X out anything you don’t want your friends to see on your front page.
And for those of you who may kick and scream and the upgrade… remember – we are users of a free site. While I can understand why people get upset, I will never understand why people get SO upset over Facebook changes. You always have the option of “opting out”.
Don’t forget to share your timelines with me….