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Elise Moreau

Zuckerberg Reveals Facebook Timeline and Open Graph Sharing at Annual f8 Conference

By September 23, 2011

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Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook team held their annual f8 conference in San Francisco. Tens of thousands of people tuned in to the conference via live video streaming and watched as Zuckerberg unveiled some of the details regarding the future of the most popular social network in the world.

I was able to tune in and watch the unveiling of the new features. Overall, I took two major key points away from the entire conference.

Facebook's new Timeline feature will display past data, like a story: For the past year, Facebook has been working on revamping the user profile so that you can go back in time and view the past several years of your life, just like a virtual scrapbook.

Open graph will create a totally automatic Facebook "Like" sharing button: In other words, integration between various apps and Facebook will create automatic posts or "likes" on your profile. When you decide to listen to a specific song on Spotify or watch a particular movie on Netflix, there will be no need to manually share that with your friends on Facebook because the open graph allows it to be done automatically.

Facebook has been a victim of criticism for its dramatic changes, and this is probably its biggest change yet. Profiles will be profoundly different and sharing will become automatic.

A lot of people worry that these massive changes will inhibit the average user from using the new Facebook features, simply because the average user isn't tech savvy enough to figure it all out. Likewise, many people find the Timeline feature and automatic sharing to be an invasion of privacy. Lots of people just don't want to share that much information.

As for myself, I'm excited for the changes, however I do share some worries of the Timeline and automatic sharing features.

To see what Facebook has in store for all of us, checkout the preview of their revamped profile page.

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