IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Facebook Timeline Lets Users Customize UI With Privacy Options

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-12-22
 
 
 

Putting Ourselves Out There

We took the plunge, publishing our Timeline this week before Facebook could do it for us. We chose our Timeline "cover" photo from our existing Facebook photos, though users may also upload new photos from their computers or phones to use as their covers. Warning: cover photos may not be promotional in nature, said Facebook. Let's continue the Timeline tour.

Putting Ourselves Out There

Views Section

Under the cover photo on the right is a section Facebook calls "views," which lets users see summaries of their Facebook content.

Views Section

Activities

To the right of the views section sits the "activity log," arguably the most crucial treasure chest of info Facebook collects on users.

Activities

Stories

Facebook fills out most of the users' timelines with stories, or their most memorable photos, events and other info.

Stories

Star Power

Users can feature stories by putting them in widescreen, hide them or delete them altogether. These granular management options are crucial to ensure user trust.

Star Power

Edit Yourself

Users may want to update their basic profile info for the Timeline. They can do so by clicking the "update info" button next to the activity log button. This is what it will look like.

Edit Yourself

Logging In

The activity log offers every bit of minutiae about actions you've taken on Facebook.

Logging In

Summary

An actual Timeline that users may click on to see significant events in their Facebook history. Click on any of the years to see what happened. So that's when we started using Facebook.

Summary

Cover Controls

Note how you can control whether each photo appears or stays hidden by clicking a small drop-down menu.

Cover Controls

Activity Controls

Here we can click the drop-down menu to control who sees what activities of ours.

Activity Controls

Story Controls

Same goes for each story-just click the drop-down menu to manage any story entries you'd like to tweak.

Story Controls

Social Apps

Users may also install social apps to include as part of their Timeline activity.

Social Apps

Washington Post

Any time I read an article from the Washington Post, Facebook will automatically publish that activity in my stream.

Washington Post

Post Story

And there it is. When I clicked on this story, it was published to my activity log, which I can control to let friends, or only myself, read.

Post Story

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