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Facebook's redesign spree continues with Timeline overhaul

Facebook has unveiled a revamped version of the Timeline intended to give users a more organised profile.

Specifically, the social network is introducing better ways for apps to appear on Timeline, improved controls for users, and streamlined tools for setting up Open Graph.

The focus on apps, Facebook said, is due in part to how "apps [have] become an increasingly important part of people's identities."

Going forward, life events and posts will appear on the right side of a user's Timeline, while "other things people care about" will show up on the left, Facebook said in a blog post.

Apps will appear in their own section on the left-hand side of a Timeline and via the About tab up top. Categories might include books (see image, top), music, films, TV, and fitness, and users can add things to these sections by hand or via the apps themselves.

"For example, people that enjoy sharing what they're reading on Goodreads can choose to include books from apps in their books section," Facebook said.

Developers will have to configure the data that appears in these app sections.

"For example, Instagram's section displays a user's photos and those they like," Facebook said.

"To simplify how apps are displayed on timeline, we're replacing aggregations with app sections," the company wrote.

"Previously, only top-ranked Open Graph stories and aggregations would appear on timeline. Now, when someone adds an app section, it will appear in the same place until they edit the order or visibility."

For an app to appear on a person's Timeline, meanwhile, they will have to click the "Add to Profile" button when installing an app.

Facebook said the new profiles will gradually roll out to users and developers.

The news comes shortly after Facebook also unveiled a revamped News Feed, which is also rolling out to users now.