New Facebook Profile – More Questions

Facebook

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.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Facebook’s New Profile – Connects Family Members

Facebook

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.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Facebook Page For Your Ancestor?

Historical Figure Facebook Template

One of my favorite resource blogs – Free Technology for Teachers – has a great post today on how to set up a Facebook page for a historical figure. And as the wheels of my mind are usually in a constant state of churning, I said to myself: “Well, why can’t I use this to create a page for one of my ancestors?”

The template is stored in Google Docs but is really not a template per se – it is meant as a guide for creating the Facebook page and adding several elements. I think what is presented is a fun way to bring your ancestor to life, especially since you can then share it with other family members on Facebook.

Another thought I had is this: would this offer a serious challenge to Foonote.com’s I Remember application on Facebook and the link to Footnote Pages?

If anyone does create a Facebook page for their ancestor, please blog about it at your site. I’m sure other members of GeneaBloggers would be interested in learning more.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee