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Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg and social media giant Facebook held their annual f8 Developer Conference in San Francisco.

(Did you follow along with us? We had a good time live blogging about it.)

As expected, more than a handful of new tidbits emerged to the public about the Facebook’s new direction, aimed to keep its rivals at bay.  But for those who resist change, it may be time to say sayonara to this billion-dollar social media platform. Cause the changes are a’comin.

Here are some of the top highlights.

The Timeline

In the words of PC World, “Timelines don’t replace your Facebook profile, rather offer an alternative view of your activities in greater detail.  It is the ‘story of your life,’ and allows people to know more about than just a week’s worth of Facebook activity.”

But we suggest you check out this amazing Timeline video that we found, courtesy of Mari Smith.

This shows you all you need to know:

If you want to go ahead and start filling in your Timeline, follow these instructions from Mashable.

Another Cool Feature: Facebook Music
Friends can listen to songs together through free services, like Spotify.  (A rad service, by the way! We at 919 are big fans!)

When your friend is listening to a song, it’ll appear in the revamped Newsfeed that rolled out this week.

Your friends can click on that song, which opens a chat window so you they can talk about it with you.

More Features

Earlier this week, you probably noticed the “News Ticker” feature, which aims to contain what Facebook calls lighter weight information – the short minute-by-minute updates that are not as relevant to a majority of others.

If you want to read more about all the changes announced at f8, check out this summary from

These are a lot of changes to make all around the same time, but I’m digging them, actually.  A few others around the office beg to differ.  What do you think about the changes made and announced this week?  Will they keep Facebook’s rivals at bay or are the drastic changes just helping out other networks like Google+?