There are some things in this world that just cannot stay stationary for too long – girls’ shoes and social networking websites.
Now, Facebook adds, changes and, sometimes, even inexplicably, removes features on its website. We’re used to it.
But this time it’s not about small little changes; it’s about a whole revamp of your (stoical) ‘Profile Page’. From the looks of it, it’s a neat idea. It aims at making your social data consumption all that more candy! Me, personally, I think it’s a good step (or not!) towards a fresh approach to something that had, quite honestly, become mundane to look at.
Sign in to your Facebook account, hit the link below, click on ‘Sign Me Up’ at the bottom right corner of the page and have fun.
The video shows what it looks like and you can see it for yourself if you wish too.
Update: As I now realize, how would you like your entire life (well, at least since you started using Facebook) placed online in a nice flashy scrollable way? If you thought ID theft was a major headache, wait till this hits open! Although its nice to have it this way for yourself and people really close to you, it’s not such a great idea, in my opinion, to have it sitting online for all of your Facebook contacts to gaze through. Sure, there are privacy settings, but how much effort are you going to put in trying to customise this and that and some more to keep your social identity safe? There was a day when it was about “sharing what you want”, and this is the day when its more about “filtering what you don’t want”. Why must I have every little thing published on Facebook from 5 years ago sitting on a ‘Timeline’ for everybody to conveniently go through with a jar of popcorn? Why turn a social experience into a hassle? I think this is taking social media overboard and misusing it. I might be wrong too.
You can activate Timeline for your profile by logging into the Facebook Developer site, creating an app and then accepting the invite to test drive the Timeline on your profile. As of now, only people who have activated Timeline this way can see your Timeline profile. Others will continue to see your old profile page until Timeline is opened & rolled out to general users.
Leave a comment about what you think; is it great or just gaudy, creepy and a brazen rip-off of the WAYN look or just looks like the old Myspace (yikes!).
Update #2: As it turns out, a Chicago based company called Timelines.com is suing Facebook over the new Facebook Timeline.