Rumors have been swirling that due to an ongoing lawsuit between Timelines.com and Facebook that the Timeline has been delayed. While it is all speculation as to what the cause is, the fact is that the roll out has been delayed significantly. When I signed up and got my Timeline in beta, it said on the developer page that this feature would be rolled out on September 29th 2011, and here we are almost a month later without the full roll out yet.

Screenshot of Facebook Timeline

Above is a screenshot of what the timeline feature will look like. I have done a bit of filling in on mine to pictures from my childhood, but I haven’t had time to do nearly as much work on it as I wanted. One thing worth noting on the Timeline that I haven’t heard much talk about yet, is the size and location of the Facebook ad unit on the new one. It will be interesting to pay close attention to that and see how click thru rates are affected once the Timline does have a full scale launch and is available to the whole Facebook population.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the Timeline yet, here is a video of it in action. Simply put, it is incredible.

 

Facebook will soon begin rolling out a “subscribe” button. They talked about it today on the official Facebook blog and it looks really cool. With the latest updates to privacy and sharing, you can now push content to the public and those who subscribe to your feed can see it without being your friend. This looks to be a direct blow to Google+ as it basically emulates one of their best features.

Here is a screen shot of the subscribe button:

Here is what Facebook had to say about the new feature:

Until now, it hasn’t been easy to choose exactly what you see in your News Feed. Maybe you don’t want to see every time your brother plays a game on Facebook, for example. Or maybe you’d like to see more stories from your best friends, and fewer from your coworkers.

You also couldn’t hear directly from people you’re interested in but don’t know personally—like journalists, artists and political figures.

With the Subscribe button, we’re making it easier to do both. In the next few days, you’ll start seeing this button on friends’ and others’… profiles. You can use it to:

  1. Choose what you see from people in News Feed
  2. Hear from people, even if you’re not friends
  3. Let people hear from you, even if you’re not friends

What do you guys think of this new feature? Will you be using it to increase your audience?

 

Facebook today has seems to have disabled the Suggest to Friends button. It appears from pages that you do not own, the link is completely missing. As of right now though, for pages that you are the administrator on, the link is still there, but is not currently functioning. It is not known currently if this is a temporary thing that Facebook has done, or if it is more permanent.

The button was a great tool for getting people to suggest your page and send out invites, and it was also a very easy way to invite your friends and family to your pages in order to get some seeder fans on your page so it wasn’t completely empty. It was however, in recent months used by many who were selling Facebook fans as a 3rd party source. The disabling / removal of this button could be to cut back on that activity.

While buying Facebook fans from 3rd parties wasn’t very productive for lead generation, it did have some use. The useful thing was to gain some initial fans so that your pages did not look blank or like they had no activity on them. After all, who wants to join a page with 10 fans, people would much rather join a page that has hundreds or thousands on it.

Question: What do you think of this new feature? Do you think that this will be temporary or is a permanent thing?


 

For those of you who spend time on Facebook regularly you have probably noticed the last few days a lot of status updates which have a number in front of them, and then some text. You can check out below exactly what I mean if you haven’t seen it yet! I was confused at first about it, but after some digging, I found out just what it was all about.

To play what you would do is post a status asking for people to send you numbers to your inbox on Facebook. When you get the number for a person, you would take their number, write it on your Facebook Status, then proceed to write something about the person, how you met etc. The idea of the game is that only the person who sent you the number would know it was about them, or your other friends could guess. I did send 1 person a number, and other people guessed right away that it was me.

Question: Have any of you taken part in the numbers game or a similar game on Facebook?

 

Each day that passes, more news comes out about just how big Facebook is, and just how serious of a threat other internet giants think it is. With what appears to be a race by internet giants to acquire smaller companies at a fast rate, Yahoo CEO announced yesterday that she now considers Facebook a larger competitor than long time rival Google.

“Our greatest competitor probably is Facebook, more so than Google,” Bartz said at a presentation in New York yesterday. “They’re a hot site, but there’s room for more than one of anything.”

She went on to discuss the companies future plans to acquire other companies and sites noting that Yahoo will be looking for companies that bring users and content as well as engineers and advertising technologies to the table. What is interesting to not about that, as it seems to be something that Google has stepped up the pace of buying companies that offer the same things. Just last week it was reported that Goupon rejected a 6 billion dollar bid to buy out their 2 year old business.

Question: Do you think Yahoo is correct in their assessment of Facebook being a bigger competitor than Google?

 

New profile pages were unveiled on Facebook today adding more information to users profile pages making them a bit more personal looking as well as a couple of other changes. You can now expect to see more basic information on the top of a users page instead of having to go on the info tab. The information that now appears on the top of a profile includes birthday, current city, home town, schooling and work. Another change you can expect at the top of profile pages are the most recent tagged images of a user. You can see what the profiles now look like below by checking out what my profile now looks like.

Another thing that you may notice is different is the status bar on the top of your page. No longer can you simply type what you want to update about, you now have to click on the status manually (for those that have the iPhone app, like on that app) and then you can update. I am honestly not sure how long this will last, as I wonder if it will cut back on the number of status updates that are made. Typically online users like things as simple as possible, and something so small like clicking an extra mouse click can make all of the difference in what action a user will take.

The update on the status also made updating Facebook fan pages a bit more difficult. No longer is there the option to post text, and then put a link, when I was updating one earlier with a link, I had to type the status, then paste in the URL into the status box, wait on my site and link to pop up, then remove the URL. That doesn’t exactly scream of being user friendly. Of the changes though, my only real complaint is with the status updates, and I have a feeling that Facebook may be rethinking that one over the coming weeks though.

Another thing that you will notice perhaps when digging a little more is that pictures have changed quite a bit. They are now larger than ever before! Bigger pictures on Facebook should create a little more interest in people that currently don’t upload a ton, and it may entice users to do more sharing of their personal moments with friends and family. You can check out what the new larger images look like below:

In addition to the larger images, there was another pretty large update with the photos. They can now be organized very easily. You can change the order of individual images as well as the order of albums! This is a great took for managing online photos and again, will help to entice more users to move away from services like Flickr and Picasa and on to Facebook. I went ahead and took a screen shot of an image in motion to post below, you can move the albums around just like the images, so it would look virtually the same.

Overall, the changes were very good. If it wasn’t clear in the past few months with Facebook announcements, it should be clear now. Facebook wants to take over the online world. They are setting up and moving in the direction of becoming the single website that a user will need, web 2.0 brought the advent of social networking, and I suspect web 3.0 is going to be much more based on social media website with a heavy reliance on applications.

Question: What do you guys think of the new Facebook update?

 

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