“Timeline gives you an easy way to rediscover the things you shared, and collect your most important moments. It also lets you share new experiences, like the music you listen to or the miles you run,” was written on Facebook Blog.
Timeline is designed to automatically organize your status updates, relationship changes, videos and photos into an interactive timeline of your web life.
Networking website’s users now can remove embarrassing photos, unwanted status updates and other online activity that didn’t allow previous Facebook’s design. By the way, users will have seven days at their disposal to preen and prepare their Timeline before it becomes the default public-facing profile.
Some users are already having an announcement at the top of their profile about rolling out Timeline. Anyone who doesn’t have the announcement yet and doesn’t want to wait until it appears can go to the Introducing Timeline page and apply the change.
“You can also choose to publish your timeline at any time during the review period. If you decide to wait, your timeline will go live automatically after seven days. Your new timeline will replace your profile, but all your stories and photos will still be there,” said a Facebook engineering manager.
Facebook provided its users with some tips which can help to decide whether to use Timeline or not:
“If you want to see how your timeline appears to other people, click the gear menu at the top of your timeline, and select “View As.” You can choose to see how your timeline appears to a specific friend or the public.”
Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg spoke about Timeline at the conference, saying: “Millions of people curate stories of their lives on Facebook every day and have no way to share them once they fall off your profile page…we have been working on ‘timeline’ all year…it’s the story of your life and completely new way to express yourself.”
He added: “It has three pieces: all your stories, your apps and a new way to express who you are.”
Trying to demonstrate how the new upgrade works, Zuckerberg used his profile showing photos of him being a baby which he has inserted into the new profile page which is organized by years.
Timeline is not a brand new product. It was introduced at Facebook’s f8 conference in September, but became available worldwide just yesterday.
The service has being designed since Zuckerberg was still at Harvard in 2004, when he would discuss the concept with classmate Sam Lessin.
“Mark and I had kind of an ongoing discussion for years about how do you express someone’s story,” Lessin said in an interview last month. “We would talk about storytelling and profiles and a lot of these concepts about what it means to express yourself in a digital future, where you have an unlimited amount of data storage.”
Paul McDonald, a Facebook engineer, wrote in a blog post that Facebook will be adding to Timeline, which will also be available on Android and m.facebook.com, over the next few months.
It is no details about when Timeline is to be added to its native apps for the iPhone or iPad; and a spokesman said only that “Timeline on iPhone will be available in an upcoming update of the Facebook for iOS app.” [Via Facebook Blog, Mercury News and The Telegraph]