Facebook groups get Timeline-like cover photos

Some Facebook groups now have cover photos, making them more consistent with the new Timeline design.

The default image is a collage of the group members’ profile photos, which link to individual profiles. The image is slightly transparent, but colors are restored when a user hovers over it. We’ve heard that any member has the option to change the cover photo, though we haven’t been able to test this ourselves. It is surprising that non-admins would be able to change the image, but there may be a setting that allows or disallows this.

[Update 2/23/12 9:06 a.m. – We’ve been able to interact with the new group  design ourselves and have not seen the option for non-admins to change the cover photo.]

The group’s Wall has not been changed to the Timeline format. This is likely because the order of posts changes based on activity. When a member comments on an old post, for example, that post is moved to the top of the page.

This is the first instance of Timeline-like features being added to another area of Facebook. Many page owners wonder when their business or fan pages will get the Timeline treatment. We previously assumed pages would get similar two-column reverse chronological presentation, but the minor change to groups suggests that pages might not get a complete overhaul either.

Facebook has not provided details how or a date for when pages will be redesigned. “We hope to make Pages more consistent with Timeline in the future, but we have nothing further to share at this time,” a Facebook spokesperson says.

Thanks to Denis Baranov for the tip and screenshots.