New Facebook Profile – More Questions


And hopefully some answers as well! As stated yesterday here at GeneaBloggers, Facebook is rolling out a new profile format to its users. And naturally when there are changes to almost anything, there are lots of questions.

First, as a resource, check out Facebook’s Top Ten Questions about the new profile. Most of what folks want to know, such as “Can I switch back to the old profile once I turn on the new profile?” are contained on this page.  And, unfortunately the answers is no on the switch back.

Second, be aware that, at least according to Facebook, none of your privacy settings have changed with the rollout of the new profile.  I double-checked my own privacy settings this morning and I can confirm that none of mine have changed.

Third, I do have some concerns about the new Family feature discussed in yesterday’s post. Right now, when I designate someone who is already a friend as a relative, and I select the type of relationship (aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, etc.), it displays the person in the Family section of my profile. There does seem to be  a confirmation process (this is why the profile pictures won’t appear until the family member confirms their relationship with you) but, wouldn’t it be better not to display anything until the relationship is confirmed?

Also, for those who don’t want to display the Family section, you can customize the settings for who can and can’t see this section of your profile. Click here for more information.

Finally, I encourage you to give feedback on the new profile to Facebook using this form.

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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