Whether you know it or not, the new Facebook launch is coming tomorrow. Facebook is calling their new design, “Timeline”, and I can already hear groans from users as they are forced to switch over tomorrow. However, these are the same people that complained the last time Facebook came out with an update.
Here is what you need to know about Facebook’s Timeline profile that launches tomorrow.
The overall idea of Timeline is that it allows users to create what some may call a digital scrapbook, pointing out the most important events from their life. The very beginning of your profile will start with your birth, allowing users to include a picture (or even video if you have one). Timeline then goes right along your life, hitting birthdays of family members, high school and college graduation, relationship info, and other major life events.
Sweet… But, that’s not what I’m writing about today.
Facebook Launches Cover Photos
The new addition to Facebook profiles sees the entire idea of profile pictures changed with a Facebook Cover Photo. Your new cover photo stretches across the top of your entire profile and is an addition to the standard profile image you’re used to. Here are a few examples of cover photos from folks that I’ve seen that have snuck in early (including yours truly):
If you’re anything like me, then you’re already foaming at the mouth when thinking of what the creative folks out there will create with their new cover photo.
Which brings me to what we’re all here for…
Facebook Cover Photos For Job Seekers
Come on, you knew this was coming, right? I can’t be the first person that’s thought of how sick this will be for job seekers. Let’s just think of the options job seekers have when creating their cover photo:
Infographic Resumes: Just imagine, the graphically inclined folks will be able to toss in an infographic resume into their cover photo. It will be unreal, and I can’t wait to see the first image of a profile that does this successfully.
Portfolio Examples: People should be able to make a portfolio of their work right on their cover photo. I’m not creative enough to do it, but someone is.
“Hire Me” Campaigns: I understand that a Blog, Twitter, and Facebook fan pages a thousand times better for “Hire Me” Campaigns, but adding the cover photo can’t hurt.
Display Links: Using the cover photo to share information, job seekers can include links to their social networks, online resume, or blog.
QR Codes: Speaks for itself and would work similar to the examples I used in the Display Links example above.
These are just some of the possibilities that I’ve come up with. What’s exciting to me is that I know there are creative people in the world that will blow my ideas out of the water. With that said…
What other ideas do you have for the Facebook Cover Photo? Have you seen any really cool cover photos yet? Am I missing anything?