Facebook Timeline - A Journey Back to 2007
With such a dramatic change in style and feel I was just too curious to wait to find out what the new Facebook Timeline was about. The process in getting it set-up was quite striaght forward utilizing TechCrunch's article on how to enable the Facebook Timeline and already technically having developer status in Facebook from an App I needed to set-up for Red Pencil's Custom Facebook Page.
I know facebook has been getting a lot of heat lately about its various changes but personally I really like this one. The large picture captures visual interest right away (of course I'm extremely grateful to Revival Arts for their fabulous photography) and there are a number of features that make the timeline similar to a scrapbook but with no effort required.
At first glance:
Under the Main Photo:
- Small synopsis of who you are
- Your Friends, Photos and Pages you Like are all available under the main photo at the click of a button. Other Apps you've utilized are available in this area as well such as RSS subscriptions or notes.
- Update your info, view your activity log and choose from a dropdown list of other options.
In the Timeline:
- Recent events are grouped as blocks displayed on either side of the timeline.
- Add posts into different areas of your timeline: Missed saying something yesterday but want it recorded? Add it in. Post today but set it for a date in the past! Note: To accomplish this click on the timeline itself and change the date in the status box.
- See various items including Friends, Page likes etc. made in the current month.
- At the end of a Year you are able to find out how many new friends you made, pages you liked, photos you were tagged in etc.
Utilizing the Date Bar:
- Want to go back to a certain year? Specific Month? Click on the date navigation in the right.
- Click on Born to add a photo or comment when you were born. The question is what happened between birth and 2007? Technically you could add items in by adding a status for a certain date in time before Facebook - pretty crazy!
Note: Unfortunately, you won't be able to view my profile publicly until Sept. 30th when Facebook lets it go live.