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article imageFacebook rolls out new features, downloadable information

By Stephanie Medeiros     Oct 6, 2010 in Internet
Palo Alto - Facebook announced a "special event" this Wednesday, October 6th. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others on the board have now taken the stage to introduce up-coming features of a "new" Facebook.
TechCrunch has been keeping their finger on the pulse of the Facebook conference, updating readers about what exactly is being said and introduced. Currently, the biggest hype and key part of the event is the unveiling of a "download" feature that will allow Facebook users to download all of their information from their profile into a zip file on their computer.
While some may question the purpose of such, as proven in TechCrunch's comments section, the main possibility can be likened to the feature found commonly on BlackBerry devices.
People who own a BlackBerry can save their data to their computer just in case their phone might erase the information or become heavily damaged. The same can be done with Facebook's feature--perhaps someone's computer crashes and all data is lost, or, someone might want to create a new Facebook page and keep all of the old data.
Zuckerberg also announced a new dashboard feature that will let all users keep track of apps that use user information or apps people regularly use. For example, a Facebook user could keep track of how frequently they are playing FarmVille. Also, the user will have a bigger say in what apps use what information through the said dashboard. The key feature is being able to deny apps to post on the user's Wall, however.
Facebook users might have also noticed that the website went down for a period of time last night. This was also revealed in the conference this morning in Palo Alto, California. The entire layout and design of Facebook will be, once more, changed in order to be more consistent with the layout of their "Places" feature. Facebook Chat has been revamped to pop-up on the opposite side of the screen and to feature bigger profile pictures.
Before, technology websites and blogs were theorizing exactly what Facebook would be revealing. Like at PCWorld, some speculated Facebook would announce a Facebook-based phone in the works, a new Events feature and reworked Places.
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