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How To Video: Get started with Facebook Timeline
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How To Video: Get started with Facebook Timeline

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Learn about the new Facebook profile, Timeline, how to configure it, and ways to keep your privacy in check.

-Hey everyone, I'm Sharon Vaknin for cnet.com here to walk you through the new Facebook profiles now known as your Timeline. Timelines are completely different than your profile and start with the new edition called the cover photo. For my profile, I picked this photo of myself so that it can be wherever you want like a photo of your dog or your favorite city. To change it, hover over your photo, select change cover and choose a photo from your Facebook albums or a good one from your drive. Just below your cover photo, you will see all of your info on the left and other profile items like friends, apps and photos on the right. To add it or change the privacy settings for any of these items, click on the item. This works for you info, photos, friends, and other modules. You can also decide which boxes show up at the top. Click the arrow to expand, hover over a box and click the pencil. There is an option to swap the box with something else or remove it entirely. There's a new app called Navs, which is the geographical version of your timeline. It puts points where you've tagged the location in any of your post. Pretty cool, but if you think it's freebie, hover over the box, and remove it. Now comes the fun and kind of scary part, your timeline. All of your Facebook activity is now viewable to you and your friends in chronological order going all the way back to the day you joined Facebook. In the very beginning, you will see an empty section for the day you were born. The idea is that Facebook wants you to fill in events that happen throughout your life even before Facebook. To add an event, hover over the point in the timeline where it happened and click the grayline. You have the option to add [unk] update, photo, location you visited, or type of life event. For example, maybe you learned a new language, broke a bone, bought a new car, or graduated. There are about 20 suggested events, but if you wanna add something of your own, just click other live events. Once you fill in the information, the story will be added to your timeline and it will show up in your recent activity at the top, but what if you wanna hide some events from your timeline. You might be embarrassed or ruffled about the things you posted in the past, but luckily, you can hide them. The easiest way to hide old post is by going to view activity at the top. Here, you will see a simplified version of your Timeline, which you can filter by type. Once you find the post you want to remove, click the arrow next to the story and you will see many privacy options. You can hide it from your timeline, change the privacy settings, or delete the post entirely, which means it's never coming back. If you have a lot of old post you would rather hide, this process might take a while, but at least you only have to do it once. Once you've added and removed post from your timeline, you can start featuring the ones you wanna highlight. Find the post you wanna feature, hover over it, and click the start to make full [unk]. To un-feature it, just click the star again. When you've tweaked your profiles click the settings button here at the top and select view as, then enter any friend's name to see what it looks like to them or click public to see what your timeline looks like to everyone including people who are not your friends. I know this is a big change, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask me on Twitter or of course my Facebook page. For CNET, I'm Sharon Vaknin and I'll see you on the interwebs.

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