What is the Facebook Timeline?
The Facebook Timeline is a novel way to document your entire life online, through wall posts, photos, announcements and events. By using data already inside Facebook it acts as a kind of digital scrapbook of your life. You can rediscover moments forgotten from the past, as well as add your new experiences.
But it is not just your life since being a Facebook user – you can add things that happened before Facebook on the timeline too. It is also an exciting way to take account of what is happening around you. You can also see what others were doing and saying in the past by scrolling down to previous years. It’s a great way to see what’s happened/happening in your friends and family’s life, or perhaps observe the evolution of a specific business. With the Facebook Timeline, this is all possible and it is very neatly packaged for easy access for the information you want.
What should you do once have the Facebook Timeline?
This is ultimately a question of personal preference over how much you wish to reveal to others. You still have complete control over who sees what and when, through your privacy settings although some have raised concerns over privacy due to the detailed information contained in such pages. Nevertheless, no new information is shared. It merely brings back previous posts and organises them in a neat way for easy viewing.
Also, your privacy settings on old posts will remain. For example, a post from 4 years ago only viewable to friends will continue to be so. Much of the changes made with the Facebook Timeline seem to be of a superficial nature. The biggest change seems to be the new look and organisation of the page. The way Facebook works has not changed very much. But there are some useful features added that you might like to know about…
- Cover photos: Include a personalized image at the top of the page. The profile photo is reduced to a small square. So you might like to use your profile photo for a simple face shot, leaving the cover photo to display something more personal e.g. your family, pet, your favourite place, or your last holiday. Many people use business logo’s/branding but be careful as Facebook doesn’t allow commercial profiles so by doing this in effect you’re going against their T&C’s.
- The Activity Log: This enables you to view all your posts and activity, from first being a member to the present day. This can be used to edit your timeline. Remove things you don’t like and add new things.
- ‘Only me’: If you want the content only to be viewable by you. Use this if there is a post in your Timeline that you don’t want others to see without erasing it completely.
- Feature a post: Use this if you want to draw attention to a specific post. By making it wider stretching across both columns of your timeline, it will be much more noticeable. I tend to use this if I’ve updated my blog and want people to see it.
With the Facebook Timeline it’s quicker and easier to view posts from any period of time. You can use the sidebar (on the right hand side) to jump to specific time periods. If you click on a year, it will jump to the highlights of that year. If you then click on a month, you can see all the posts from that month. Overall Facebook Timeline makes your content much more organised, manageable and easy to navigate. It lets you keep up to date with the past, present and future affairs of others. It is also an excellent way to look back at your past experiences.
Are you using the Facebook Timeline? Or waiting until they make it mandatory?
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