Facebook’s New Profile – Connects Family Members


In case you haven’t heard the news, or saw last night’s interview on 60 Minutes with Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, there is a new format for your Facebook profile.  You can activate it now (rather than wait to be prompted) by using this link: http://www.facebook.com/about/profile/.

I’ve already updated mine and one feature that is neat, at least coming from a family historian and genealogy perspective, is the ability to note a family relationship with someone with whom you are friends on Facebook. Here is an example of my update sidebar:

Facebook New Profile Detail

So far I love the improvements and it makes it easier for me to show to others what matters to me, and allows my Facebook friends to find the stuff about me that interests them.  And the emphasis on family and the ability to show them as more than just friends is important for many of us.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Facebook’s New Profile – Connects Family Members

  1. Unfortunately this new feature also dramatically decreases your privacy and that of your relatives – you should ALWAYS ask them for permission before you note their relationship to you on your profile – not everyone wants their private lives exposed on FB

  2. Good point Bron – Facebook does allow the family member to confirm the relationship – that is why the profile images are blank until that confirmation takes place. I am going to do some more research on Facebook’s privacy policy and listing family member relationships.

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