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.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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:

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

Family Tree Firsts – Our 1400th Blog

Nancy Shively

Big news all around this week! First, congratulations to Nancy Shively who won Family Tree Magazine’s contest to select a newbie genealogist who was willing to document her educational journey in a genealogy blog! The name of the blog is Family Tree Firsts and it has just been added to the list of genealogy blogs here at GeneaBloggers.

And speaking of new genealogy blogs, it just so happens that as we added Nancy’s blog, we realized it was number 1400 (really, it was! not planned that way!). So far – and it is only Thursday – we’ve added 31 new blogs and I think by Saturday when we do our New Genealogy Blogs post, we will break a record for the number of newly-discovered genealogy blogs.

Thanks go out to everyone who has spread the good word about genealogy blogs and how they can help your research and your family history experience.  A special shout out to the many Bloggers of Honor from the Atlanta Family History Expo this past weekend, especially Dear MYRTLE and Amy Coffin who assisted expo attendees in setting up their blogs.

Disclosure: please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with Family Tree Magazine and other genealogy vendors.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee