Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled a complete overhaul of Facebook
by introducing the new Timeline profile page and announcing new social apps
which will let you listen to music, watch TV shows and films and read news, all
from within Facebook.
The most significant overhaul in Facebook since 2007 was announced
by Mark Zuckerberg at the company’s f8 developer conference in California.
The new profile page, dubbed Timeline, is meant to allow you
to tell the story of your life on a single page – which is a rather depressing
concept if we’re to think about it. But add in to the mix music, films and news
and everyone’s happy.
Zuckerberg professed: “Millions of people curate stories of their lives on
Facebook every day and have no way to share them once they fall off your
profile page…we have been working on ‘timeline’ all year…it’s the story of
your life and completely new way to express yourself. It has three pieces: all
your stories, your apps and a new way to express who you are.”
Zuckerberg showed his own new profile page and inserted pictures of himself
as a baby into his timeline, which showed the story of his life organised by
years.The new profile pages will be rolling out in the next few weeks.
The founder of Facebook announced that in one 24 hours recently, half a
billion people had visited the Facebook website – a first for a non-search engine
Regarding the new social apps, Zuckerberg announced tie-ins
with a number of content providers including Netflix (US-only I’m afraid), Spotify,
social gaming company Zynga, as well as the Guardian, Washington Post and Independent newspapers.
This is a major change for Facebook, which will be hoping
that its site becomes a one-stop-shop for all visitors without the need for
them to look elsewhere on the net to watch, listen and read.
To aid this seamless integration of content, Facebook will
be making a “new class of apps” which will bring content directly into your
newsfeed. It will be called ‘open graph’ and once rolled out, these apps interaction
with your news feed will be “frictionless.”
Another new initiative from Facebook is the introduction of “verbs”
to its language, meaning that instead of having to “like” everything, users
will be able to “watch” a film, “listen” to a song or ”cook” a meal.
So what do you think of Facebook’s idea of putting your while life on a single page? Let us know in the comments.