Facebook announces a change rolling out over the next few weeks and that affect how people can find you on its network — “Starting today, Facebook begin updating addresses on Facebook to make them consistent across the portal.”
Facebook is rolling out a service where the name you use in your Facebook Timeline will be the same as the name on your Facebook email account. “Now, the address people use to get to your timeline and send you email on Facebook will be the same,” the company announced.
“Anyone who already selected an email address will not be affected,” Facebook noted.
If you want to choose an address today, visit facebook.com/username.
Also, Facebook announced that it will soon offer more ways to see how much activity you have made on your account. A post on Facebook’s privacy page outlines those plans to let users download more information about their account.
“Starting today, you will be able to download an expanded archive of your Facebook account history. First introduced in 2010, Download Your Information lets you get a copy of what you’ve shared on Facebook, such as photos, posts, messages, a list of friends and chat conversations.”
“Now you can access additional categories of information, including previous names, friend requests you’ve made and IP addresses you logged in from,” Facebook said.
This feature will be rolling out gradually to all users and more categories of information will be available for download in the future.
Download Your Information is available from your Facebook Account Settings.
In other Facebook news, company announced that their Seattle office operating that they started as an experiment with a couple of engineers in 2010 — now has more than ninety engineers celebrating the brand new office space.
“Just a couple of years ago, the entire Facebook engineering team was in one building in Palo Alto, California. Everyone was within a 30 second walk of each other. But in early 2010, we got to a point where we knew we needed to look beyond Silicon Valley to keep building Facebook and ship everything we wanted to ship,” Steinberg.
“This office is here because of the endless resolve and hard work of more people than I can even name. But primarily, Facebook Seattle has succeeded because of the area’s incredible engineering talent and culture of innovation,” said Ari Steinberg.
“In the last year alone, engineers here built and shipped major products like Video Calling and Desktop Messenger.”
“The team works on more than 25 different projects, from the iOS app, to Facebook Platform, to site security and spam prevention, to some of the core pieces of the site’s infrastructure,” added Steinberg.
Steinberg notes, “Seattle isn’t all that different from our new offices in Menlo Park. We hold hackathons every couple of months. New hires still participate in Bootcamp, a six-week training program that is a deep dive on our code base and culture. After Bootcamp, engineers in Seattle can join an existing team or start their own.”
“People aren’t restricted in what they can work on from Seattle, so many people choose to work on projects that are divided between California and Seattle. But we also have lots of homegrown projects that are entirely based in Seattle. Either way, people’s ability to make an impact at this company is almost limitless,” said Steinberg.
“Our new building feels like it represents Facebook as well.”