Facebook converts ‘friendship pages’ to Timeline format with additional features

Facebook today unveiled a redesign of “friendship pages” that show two users’ history on the social network in Timeline format.

Friendship pages display users’ mutual friends, Likes, photos and interactions on Facebook. With the new Timeline layout, these pages are now easier to navigate and match the latest design of other pages and profiles. The update also gives users more options to customize the pages and a more complete look at shared activity between two friends.

Friendship pages now feature a cover photo. By default, Facebook will select an image in which both users are tagged and that has received some Likes and comments from friends. Whereas previously users could not change their default image, either friend can now add a new photo to the top. There’s a new option at the bottom of the page to fill in details about when, where and how two friends met. Users can also click the star icon on certain stories to highlight them, as they would on their own profile. There is another option to hide stories from a friendship page. These features help make the pages feel more personal than the previous version users couldn’t control in any way.

Another upgrade is that friendship pages now feature all stories between friends, including life events, check-ins and Open Graph app activity. Previously, the pages showed wall posts and @ mentions, but not stories about users being at the same place or taking an Open Graph action together.

It’s important to note that although anyone can see two other users’ friendship pages, the privacy setting of posts and activity persist, so no one will be able to see anything they wouldn’t otherwise be able to see on an individual profile. Users should keep in mind that hiding a story from their own Timeline without deleting it means it is still eligible to appear on a friendship page since it may still be visible on the friend’s Timeline.

Friendship pages first debuted in October 2010, after beginning as a Hackathon project. Users can navigate to friendship pages by visiting a friend’s profile and clicking the gears icon and then “See friendship.” From News Feed, users can hover over a friend’s name and click “See friendship” from the hovercard that appears. Once a user is on a friendship page, they can click the “More” button and type in the name of any two friends.

Users who are in a relationship can quickly see their friendship page here.

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