Say hello to the new Facebook Timeline
September 23, 2011 3 Comments
Yesterday at f8, Facebook announced its newest feature: the Timeline, which along with other features will come out on September 30. Through a workaround posted on Business Insider I became a “developer”and therefore can now have access to said Timeline. I’ve only had it for a short time but here are my early thoughts on the big changes:
Cover Photo: Kind of like many of my blog posts, Facebook now features a large photo at the top of each profile. The focus is no longer on your profile picture, but on whatever image you choose to post at the top. I like this a lot because it lets you showcase some personality, which had mostly been left to your status updates/posts.
Timeline: Ah yes, the Timeline itself. The first thing I did when I activated the new profile was head to the bottom of my profile. In the timeline I can see when I was born, graduated high school, joined Facebook (November 29, 2006) and all the major events/albums from then until now.
One of the presenters yesterday made a great analogy to a scrapbook. He was selling us on the emotional connection with Facebook and it made sense. We’ve “collected” all of these events over the years, but unless we’re scrolling down or getting lost in past photo albums, we’d probably never interact with them again. Over the past while, Facebook has been conditioning us to hop on board by showing photos or status updates from years past to the right of our newsfeeds and now I understand where they were going with it.
My one issue right now is when I post something new I want it to be the most visible thing on my page. So, if I click the option to “feature it on my timeline” and make it bigger, would it then be considered an important piece of my life in three years, when all I wanted to do was get more eyes on an interesting news story? Or, will Facebook be able to determine what’s important and what’s not, based on something I’m not yet aware of?
Ticker and Chat: With the new update, ticker and chat (far right) look a lot cleaner and useable. I can conceivably see myself spending time on my own profile just looking at the ticker for updates if I so chose to do so. Chat isn’t as clunky and can also be adjusted in size with the ticker so it doesn’t take up the entire right side of the screen.
One early con: The thing I can see people complaining about is the over-crowded feel of the new profile. Sure you get a lot more personality, but there’s just so much going on, which is the opposite of the Facebook we all know.
What are your early thoughts on the new profile?