How To Use Facebook’s Crazy New Timeline Profile

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Facebook’s new Timeline profile finally launched today.

It allows you to create a “digital scrapbook” of your entire life.

From the get-go, everything you’ve ever posted on Facebook will be a lot more visible.

You can feature important events in your life (like Britney has here), and you can also hide moments you don’t want to share.

Timeline officially launches in a week—you have seven days to curate your Timeline, or else the whole thing is going live. You can get started today.

Here’s what you need to know.

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