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Facebook testing redesigned Timeline

By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times –

LOS ANGELES — Facebook didn’t wait long after its IPO to begin shaking things up again and messing with its layout.

The social network giant is trying out redesigns of its Timeline feature in a small test, the company confirmed. Facebook did not say how many users are being included in the test or whether the redesign will be adopted universally.

The layout change condenses the top of users’ Facebook Timelines into a smaller area by moving their names and other basic information to the right of their profile picture.

The information lays on top of users’ cover photos, which is overlayed by a black shadow that fades into the picture, similar to the style used for people’s names in the “Friends” box located under the top section of current Timeline profiles.

The new Timeline look also adds a “Summary” button that shows a list of users’ “Life Events,” and changes the “Likes” section to read “Favorites.” The redesign also drops the thumbnails for the “Friends,” “Photos,” and “Map” sections, fitting the buttons into a smaller space, according to TPM.

And as is expected with every Facebook redesign, already the complaints are coming in.

“OK, I love Timeline and all, but this redesign looks awful,” a user said on Twitter.

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