Say goodbye to your Facebook profile -- at least its design. In the coming weeks your Facebook profile will become a timeline, which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says will allow you to "express who you are" and "help you tell the story of your life."
"Express," one of Zuck's key words for the day, alludes to what feels like transformation of Facebook from social networking to blog site. This is especially apparent in the layout of the new profile timelines, with a banner image spanning the top and categorizing content (map of where you've been, things you've cooked, your apps, etc.). Timeline will show "the story of your life."
Watch Facebook's promotional video for Timeline:
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Mashable's Ben Parr writes that Timeline will "resurface all the content you have created on Facebook." Could this be an eek moment for some? Facebook will automatically populate your timeline when it is released, you will be able to control the life events you may not want up there and update with some Facebook may have missed. Zuckerberg said "It’s fun and easy to fill out your timeline."
If you're interested in being one of the early adopters of Timeline before its mass release, sign up here. This is basically how a Timeline profile will look:
At the conference, Zuckerberg also confirmed previous speculation that Facebook would be updating the "like" button, allowing you to more than just "like" something:
"We are making it so you can connect to anything you want. Now you don't have to like a book, you can just read a book," he said. "You don't have to like a movie; you can just watch a movie."
Zuckerberg also talked about Spotify, a music streaming service entered into a partnership with Facebook earlier this year. Zuckerberg said at the conference that Spotify allows Facebook users to listen to music that their friends are listening to. When you are listening to Spotify, or using any Facebook app Zuckerberg notes, it will be added to the ticker, a new feature launched this week along with other updates to the News Feed page. that tracks real time Facebook friend activity.
It is through the ticker that Zuckerberg believes apps, music and more will be spread. See this vision in action:
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Facebook users are already expressing themselves over these impending changes. Here are a few snapshots of comments on the Facebook blog:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.