Facebook redesigns its hated ‘Timeline’ profile pages

Facebook is always experimenting with new things, new features and new designs. It is now testing a redesigned Timeline page that not only looks a lot better than the old page, but is also much more intuitive.

Facebook’s New Timeline feature looks like:

Facebook Timeline redesign sample

Testing: Facebook Timeline redesign

The current Facebook Timeline design:

Facebook Timeline redesign tips

Current Facebook Timeline

The new look creates subtle but noticeable changes to the top of user profiles, chiefly moving the user’s name, home location, occupation, education, and other basic information into a layer of text atop the “cover photo,” the widescreen image that serves as the backdrop for a user’s profile. The text has been changed to white to stand out against the dark colors of a user’s cover photo.

The new view also adds a whole new tab on a user’s profile, the “Summary,” which when clicked, shows a list of the major “Life Events” of the user. The “Likes” section of a user’s profile has been changed to read “Favorites.” The new test also condenses current tabs, including the “Friends,” “Photos,” “Map,” and new “Favorites,” into a smaller space just below the cover photo, making for a more streamlined design.

The changes were first noticed by blogger Carl Franzen who said it ‘creates subtle but noticeable changes to the top of user profiles’. Facebook hasn’t specified how many users have this new format of Timeline at the moment or when it will roll out to everyone.

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