Facebook Timeline preview

Facebook has recently made various notable changes in their user interface. Most prominent change is the Timeline which is as of now available for developers only. Of course if you don’t develop apps for Facebook, you can still incorporate the Timeline feature in your profile. Just visit this link: Enable timeline  to enable it. It’s fairly easy.
Simply put, the Timeline is your new Facebook profile page design. It sorts your stuff like wall posts, links, photos, videos chronologically and provides a complete summary of your profile since the birth!
Timeline uses an algorithm to assess the most important moments of your life, which can then be edited to your satisfaction. Unwanted updates can be hidden from the Timeline.
The new profile pages are thought to constitute one of Facebook’s most extreme redesigns so far, completely reimagining what a social networking profile can be. Timeline also means that Facebook now bears fewer similarities to Google+, a social network from Google which currently uses the standard format of showing the most recent updates first.

The Timeline has received mixed reviews from users and critics. Criticisms of Facebook Timeline include claims that by requesting users “complete” their profiles, Facebook is seeking to capture more user data to make its service more appealing to advertisers. Others have expressed concerns about Facebook Timeline’s ability to surface information about a person that was previously hard to access, and that Facebook’s encouragement to add your date of birth to your profile (among other incentives to add additional personal information) may encourage identity theft.

My take:-

Timeline works! It’s fun to dig your and friends older updates for that amazing nostalgic feeling. Digging deeper, I noticed you can go back and add events from the distant past to round out your timeline. You can tell the story of your entire life here — something you could do in a resume-like way before, but never with this sort of clarity. Therein lies the brilliance of Timeline: It takes advantage of something computers do well — they can instantly sort and group things, find patterns and visualize data in different ways that can take on entirely different meanings.

I foresee an entire cottage industry springing up around Timeline. Companies can display their long-standing traditions, illustrating their meager beginnings and their growth to their current state. A couple can chronicle its relationship from first meeting to marriage, exhibiting a Timeline at a wedding reception, just as videos are shown today. Political candidates can tell their life stories (or spin them just the way they want), and make them available for all to see. Like every new medium that came before it, people will create things we can’t even imagine with Timeline.

Timeline might seem like just an application on the web, but it goes beyond that — once you populate it with your own personal data. Try it before you pass judgment. Think long-term. If your experience is anything like mine, it will help you see yourself in a whole new way, and for me, that was profound. For some users, it might even serve as a personal demonstration of why life is worth living.
I totally love it. Well done Facebook!

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