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The Definitive Facebook Timeline Review

The Definitive Facebook Timeline Review

Max Bleich

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This coming month, Facebook–the company that single-handedly jump-started the social media phenomenon of the last decade–is about to change. This change won’t be the typical “annoying” update that we’ve seen occur every month or so for the last few years.

With this new update the website will be rolling out a brand new profile design, appropriately named “Timeline”.

Remember all of those statuses you posted? Those friends you made over the last few years? The photos you’ve taken? Your first relationship? Homecoming? All of these special and emotional moments have effectively and beautifully been recaptured in the new timeline.

Friends, family, posts, likes, pages, subscriptions, photos, videos and everything you’ve ever done. It’s there, and it’s hard to believe Facebook actually kept track of the thousands of statuses users have put up all these years.

The new design has also allowed for the removal of some of the worst Facebook bugs — such as chat going offline while you browse the site.

But Facebook had something bigger in mind… something that would totally alter Facebook’s value both as a service and a powerful social media platform. And so, they recently revealed just exactly what they had in mind. Let me tell you- it’s crazy amazing.

The platform will become something of a universal entertainment center that allows for sociable interaction and integrated experiences unlike anything we’ve ever seen. The new Facebook (it really is a radical departure) will feature integration with streaming music, video and even news services- allowing it to be something of a central hub.

News is a far larger scene dominated by publication giants such as The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Slate, Yahoo News and The Huffington Post. But trust us, there are a LOT more signed up and ready to go. News delivery will be done directly through Facebook Apps, which will be tightly integrated with the service and make delivery of content more streamlined.

In case you haven’t already figured it out, Facebook will encourage users to spend more time plugged into their site: reading, watching and listening. Along with games, which have been a Facebook feature since its glory days, all forms of entertainment will be available directly through everybody’s favorite time waster.

Another stark advantage of the new scrolling feed above the chat list (also known as the stalker bar) is that it will allow users to access these colorful new features at other places on the site. However, the notification drop down menu will not have any involvement, which to many is a huge relief.

These features look great on paper and in the presentation the company showed off a few weeks ago. However, I have yet to test out the new features and see how much I really like it. When I do (which we hope is pretty soon), I’ll let you all know just how great/not so great they are. Then again, as a Facebook user you have no choice but to succumb to them and move on. Like it or not.

 

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  1. mwaheed on October 7th, 2011 9:09 pm

    In The Social Network, Movie Mark Zuckerberg describes his project as the entire college social scene, put online. In a sense, he completely pulled it off. Now Real Zuck’s lept beyond beer pong: your entire existence, Facebook-ified. It’s terrifyingly amazing.

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