On Thursday, Sept. 22, Facebook announced what is called “Timeline” at F8, their annual conference, which brings together the developers, entrepreneurs and innovators who are building a more social web. As part of the generation that helped Facebook come to fruition, I’ve seen this social media channel grow into a phenomenon that was at one time an exclusive website for college students only. It then launched into a platform that anyone could use, as it became an open platform that gave a person a voice online.
I decided to tune into F8 the next day, which was streaming live online. I took interest in one speaker, Chris Cox, vice president of product at Facebook. Cox took me on an adventure through the new interface of Facebook. He introduced me to what was now called the “Timeline.”
The Timeline allows me to see my Facebook page as if it were a scrapbook. Cox showcased his wedding as his example to the audience at the conference. He told the story of how his friends and family that attended took photos and then uploaded them to Facebook on a certain date. Then Cox took everyone through the process of planning a wedding. From liking new music artists on Facebook in order to find the perfect wedding song, to liking new businesses that would play an intricate role in the rings, dress, tux, catering and more. All the information (liking new pages, photos, music, etc.) in the end would be grouped together by month, date and year and be on his Timeline so that he would always remember the stress yet bliss of his wedding.
The new setup of Facebook would allow users to see what they posted back as far as when they first created the account to today. It’s a new way to hold all the memories that include photos, music, places, etc. Instead of allowing that scrapbook to collect dust on a shelf once it’s finished, Facebook allows it to live on its site for the user and his friends, family and whoever created those now lasting memories.
I’m now on board with this new Timeline interface on Facebook. I’ve gone in and switched over just to test it out before everyone gets the opportunity to have it. I guess you can say I’m a social media VIP since I was lucky enough to discover it as it is only open to developers.
What are your thoughts on Facebook’s new update? Did you catch F8 and learn about the purpose of “Timeline”? How do you feel about the Timeline?