Friday, September 23, 2011

What Is Facebook Timeline? (Only Your Whole Life)

Gizmodo - After yesterday’s Facebook revamp, Mark Zuckerberg still had a few new features to reveal at today’s f8 conference. The most important? Timeline, a complete reconceptualization of your profile page.

Timeline is a new way of presenting yourself on Facebook…


Gone is the single column wall of posts you’re used to for profile updates. Gone are the neatly divided panels of every Facebook profile page that existed up until now. Gone is the struggle to figure out what someone you’ve met only recently was like a few years ago. Gone is the static feeling that all your past updates have.

In your old profile’s place is a page that gives over much of its real estate to updates presented down the page as a dual-columned array of tiles that contains status updates, links, photos, media and a whole lot more. And oh yeah, you can plaster a giant-ass panoramic image across the top of your profile.

…that dives deep into your past…


The Facebook wall has always been structured chronologically, but has become less and less favorable to browsing posts and updates from more than a few months ago. In timeline, that all changes. There is now a literal timeline embedded on your profile that will let anyone viewing it click back to any year where there are updates or content and view them. As someone goes back further in time on your profile, fewer updates appear; eventually, only major events and ones that you’ve specifically picked for inclusion are highlighted. But fear not, you can also remove any particularly embarrassing updates from your timeline.    More