What You Need to Know About the New Facebook Layout

Sep 30, 2011 No Comments by

I scream, you scream, we all scream about the new Facebook changes. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past week you’ve been hearing about the uproar the new changes have caused among the social network’s users.

While some us are taking the changes in stride, others have proclaimed they’ll be moving to Google + or Twitter because they can’t stand the new layout or constant updates. Students especially are worried about the new timeline as all your old information will be made available, and the new ticker which allows your friends to track your every move.

If you’re still trying to figure out how everything works, we’re here to give you the lowdown without needing a computer science degree.

The Timeline
The timeline organizes all your pictures, status updates and activities in your account. It is supposed to be done in a way that is meaningful to you. However, no one knows exactly how FB decides what is and isn’t important. The first part of the timeline will be the “cover” which is a photo chosen by you. The rest of the timeline will show your recent activities, places you’ve checked-in, recent photos, status updates, friend updates and likes. Lastly, your profile ends with the apps you have synced to your Facebook such as Netflix, Spotify, RunKeeper, etc.

Social Apps
As mentioned, the new timeline will show what social apps you’re running. Soon enough users will be able to share what movies they’re watching, music they’re listening to and games they’re playing without having to post a status update.

The New Ticker
That handy dandy newsfeed at the top right corner is called the “ticker” and handles all status updates, comments, likes and such that your friends post. The ticker will also watch for patterns so “popular” news may show up more, like when all your friends check-in at that new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try…without you.

If you’re not down with all these changes, maybe you should try some Facebook extensions that will allow you to customize the way you view FB at home.

Better Facebook – this browser extension is available for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. It allows you to add tabs for your news feed, apps and status updates. You can customize your news feed with themes and background images, hide posts and activity you’ve already read or liked, and much more.

Minimalist Facebook – only available for Chrome this extension removes ads, suggested friends, events, the new ticker and “top stories”. It brings Facebook back to its “minimal” look.

F.B. Purity – you’d think this was a filter for parents whose kids use Facebook, but it is not. Similar to Minimalist this extension allows you to control yours newsfeed via Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. You can even create text filters so that certain words, topics or people never pop up on your news feed. It’s the ultimate unfriend button!

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