Okay Facebook just dropped their last bomb at the Facebook F8 developer summit after an overwhelming number of updates since yesterday . Facebook wants you to tell your story to the world from your personal timeline page, you can head over at facebook.com/about/timeline
to get started.
Facebook timeline is nothing but a visual representation of your life and the events surrounding it. It’s more of a controlled and customized page where you can organize the important stuff and create an online storybook, ready to be used as a reference in case a complete stranger stumbles on your Facebook profile. On your timeline page, you can share and highlight most memorable posts, photos, videos and events that are close to your heart. This is the landing page where people would discover the real person and his journey, described in his own words.
Here is how Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook timeline looks like:
It is a fact that users update a lot on their Facebook profile. From their breakfast menu to movie partners to a rainy day, everything is posted on Facebook. Not all of these updates are important and not all of these things deserve to be archived. Most of the updates are real time in nature but there are a few shares which should be archived and bookmarked for quick reference in the future.
Facebook timelines attempts to fill this gap by allowing you to customize your timeline page with events, posts, photos, videos, dates and status updates, which are kind of milestones rather than “just an update”. When you passed out of college, when you got engaged, when you received your first salary – these are the things you would like to put on your Facebook timeline page rather than your random rants.
“Timeline will help you summarize your stories on a single page” said Zuckerberg. Rather than search your entire profile for a really old post, Timeline is the go to place for finding out important stories about a person. “It’s the heart of your Facebook experience, completely rethought from the ground up,” Zuckerberg adds.
Interestingly, Facebook did launched a story telling feature
one year back which fell flat on its face. Back then, nobody used it because people don’t have the time to type their entire anniversary party and wait for friends to engage with it. However, this timeline feature looks really cool, all you have to do is organize your previous updates into a single page and control who can see your facebook timeline.
Here is an introductory video which walks you through Facebook timelines in brief detail:
In my opinion, this timeline feature is geared towards strangers who would want to be friends with you and want to know more about you as quickly as possible. People don’t have the time to visit your profile, scroll through all the updates and hit the “Older posts” button over and over again. Instead, they want a concise digest which tells who you are and what you have doing from the day you were born to this date. 🙂