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Old 09-22-11, 06:13 PM
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Facebook introduces 'Timeline', Music Service, & Netflix integration...

Today Facebook held it's F8 conference. It will soon be introducing 'Timeline', a complete overhaul of the current profile (I think it looks like...gulp...myspace).

Here's a video all about it.

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Facebook on Thursday delivered an entirely new profile design, called Timeline; a few new verbs to go with the Like button, such as read, listen, watch, run and cook; and a few numbers as well -- among them 800 million.

While the focus of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's keynote at the F8 conference in San Francisco was on the new products, Spotify's CEO Daniel Ek mentioned that Facebook had passed 800 million users. Facebook's chief technology officer, Bret Taylor, confirmed that fact in a news conference after the keynote. But that wasn't before he mentioned during the keynote that more than 350 million people use Facebook on mobile devices each month.

Zuckerberg earlier in the keynote also mentioned that in one day recently, Facebook had more than 500 million users overall, testifying to the fact that indeed, the world's most popular social network's user base is active.

Photos: The many faces of Facebook

It's that user base, of course, that the launch partners taking part in Facebook's new "social graph" apps and Timeline are trying to tap into. More than three dozen partners built apps for the redesigned, sharing-focused Facebook, including heavyweight names such as Hulu and Netflix in video; Electronic Arts, Zynga, Disney and Kabam in gaming; Spotify, Mog, Rdio, IHeartRadio and upstart Turntable.FM in music.

Noticeably, but not unexpectedly absent, in the music/movies/TV/books/apps side were Apple and Google -- rivals that Facebook seems to be raising its stakes against.

The goal of the new Timeline design and the increasingly sharing-focused apps is in part to get users to spend more time on Facebook for not only their social networking, but also media consumption.

Facebook wants to be the first stop the world goes to in finding music, movies, news, books and even recipes. But while it's competing with Apple, Google and other rivals such as Twitter, it's doing so by making apps outside of Facebook integrate with Facebook, and it's doing so without an app store like iTunes or an app market like Android.

In fact, for now, Facebook doesn't plan on having an app store at all.

"We're not really planning on having an app store," Taylor said after the keynote. "The main way people find apps is though their friends using those apps. That kind of serendipity is what's driving app discovery and every feature on Facebook, really."
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Old 09-22-11, 06:22 PM
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Timeline is interesting... success depends on the users; will people bother to populate it? The dude who gave the speech on timeline was annoying. Sounded like he was going to cry after every goddamn line he spoke about the guy who started tracking all of his own movements throughout NYC.

Music & Netflix integration is nice. Now, if the music services are somehow cross-compatible, that'll be awesome. For example, if I'm listening to a song using one service, but my friends are using different services, will it be "one click" in Facebook for them to start listening to the same song? Or will it be cumbersome because they'll have to open their preferred app? What if the song isn't on both services?
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can't wait until google does to them what they did to myspace
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can't wait until google does to them what they did to myspace
Knowing Google, never
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