One of the most-talked about announcement by Zuck during the Facebook f8 event a couple of days ago is the new profile display called Timeline. It may not be for some people but for those who use Facebook to somewhat tell the story of their life, Timeline is a pretty nifty feature.
Looking at your current (or old depending on when you are reading this) profile, you would realize how hard it is to backtrack on what happened the previous week, or months”¦ or year. Not that you want to view old news but it’s somehow nice to remember when you’ve bought your first car, or when you got engaged or just what did you do a year ago.
Facebook Timeline allows you to backtrack to the things that happened in your life and view it in a beautiful way. It’s like a scrapbook but you don’t have to do anything at all. Facebook takes care of everything, it pulls all events that you’ve attended, places you’ve checked in, wall photos, things you’ve forgotten you posted on Facebook and you can view it by month or year. Everything from when you joined Facebook.
Then Facebook also added what they call Life Events as part of status update. These are special status updates that correspond to important events in your life, like when you took a trip, transferred to a new job, had surgery, and more. What Facebook does is display this prominently in your timeline so you or those viewing your profile won’t miss it.
It’s not just status updates though. Once developers begin to incorporate Open Graph to their apps, you can now track your things you’ve done or accomplished via the Timeline. Like the runs you have via Nike+ or videos you watched in Hulu or Netflix, or music you’ve listen to in Spotify or books you’ve read in Kobo. It may not mean much for Filipino users with most services not available locally but in time, we’ll be seeing more apps that would take advantage of the Timeline.
Overall, Timeline is an exciting feature. It might look complicated at first but as you use it, you’ll learn how conveniently Facebook laid out things. It won’t change anything in terms of privacy, you still have control on what you can display on your profile or who can view it. Facebook just changed the way you view your profile page, in a good way in my opinion.
Facebook will roll out Timeline at the end of this month but if you want to use it now, here’s a simple guide on how to enable your Timeline.
So what do you think? How does the new Facebook Timeline sound to you?