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March 13, 2013

Facebook’s Timeline Refreshed, Reorganized

Site Does Away With Two-Column Posting Format

Facebook is still on its spring cleaning kick.

The social media giant announced improvements to Timeline that will offer a little more organization while allowing its members to “express what’s important” to them.

Timeline, which was first introduced about a year-and-a-half ago, is getting rid of its two-column posting format in favor of single-column posts and life events.

“We heard from you that the current timeline layout is sometimes hard to read,” writes Rose Yao, Facebook Open Graph product lead, in a blog post.

“Starting today, all posts are on the right side of your timeline, with photos, music and other recent activity on the left.”

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Facebook, Yao says, is also making it easier for its members to organize the things they “care about” on their About page.

Redesigned sections on the left-hand side of the page give users a specific spot to add music, movies, TV shows and books that interest them, along with their photos and friends.

Movie buffs can add favorites to their movies section or use apps such as  Netflix to share what they are watching while book lovers can keep track of the books they want to read or add more with Goodreads.

“If you see a book a friend read recently, you can add it to your books section by clicking the add button,” Yao said.

Yao said users can also use other apps to add other items. For example, photos from Instagram can be seen as a section on their timeline.

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