Facebook Rolls Out Simplified, App-Centric Timeline
March 14, 2013

Facebook Rolls Out New Timeline Changes

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Facebook rolled out a new Timeline design on Wednesday that boasts a cleaner layout and a more content-focused approach that emphasizes users´ favorite books, movies, apps, music and TV shows.

The updated Timeline pushes recent activity, including apps, music and photos, to a column on the left, while displaying posts directly to Facebook on the right side of the screen.

"We heard from you that the current timeline layout is sometimes hard to read. Starting today, all posts are on the right side of your timeline, with photos, music and other recent activity on the left," wrote, Rose Yao, Facebook´s product manager for Open Graph, in a blog post on Wednesday.

The app-centric sidebar coincides with a new “About” tab at the top left, which makes it easier for users to organize and share their favorite interests, such as movies, TV shows, books, and music, through apps.

The new “About” tab includes a section for content a user has read, watched, or listened to, and another for things they wish to read, watch or listen to, and a third for their “likes”.

In each category, a user´s activities and “likes” are displayed and tied to various apps, such as Netflix, Spotify, and Endomondo, as selected by the member.

“Now it´s easier to organize the things you care about on your "About" page. Redesigned sections give you one place to add music, movies, TV shows and books that interest you, alongside your photos and friends,” Yao said.

Facebook will also offer suggestions for other content a member may wish to add to their profile.

A new navigation bar has also been added just below the Timeline cover, which lets members switch between the main view and someone´s “About” section, friends, photos and a drop-down list of other apps.

The new features were scheduled to begin rolling out to members on Wednesday, and Facebook has posted additional information for app developers on its Developer Blog.