It’s not often you hear the phrase, “I like what Facebook has done.” But that’s what I’d tell people about the new Timeline feature that’s rolling out.
It’s a new way of displaying your profile page, giving access and display to your personal history. Everyone is going to get this change, apparently by early next week, whether they want it or not. But those who want to jump in early can. I did it by following this link, which leads you though an (exaggeration here) 18-step process but it’s really not that hard.
When I heard about Timeline, it freaked me out a little bit. It sounded like Facebook was gathering up all kinds of milestones from my life, from birth to the present. How would Facebook know such things? Would it remind me of my first spoken word? My kindergarten teacher? My first kiss? Embarrassments long forgotten by everyone but me?
That seems a little stalker-y.
Fortunately, Facebook seems to know only what I (and others) have actually told Facebook. Which means there is a really big gap from my birth, which is listed, up to 2008 when I joined the social media world.
A lot of stuff happened during those years, and it was important — at least to me. But Facebook seems oblivious to what it was. So that’s actually kind of a relief.
That’s OK. The rest looks nice. Facebook has catalogued my status updates, likes and pictures based on what I and others have posted over the years. It looks like reading a magazine of your own life — at least of the time since you joined Facebook.
I’m still exploring my Timeline. But so far I like it.
Has anybody else moved forward on the Timeline? What did you think?