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First hands-on with new Facebook timeline

Thanks to a helpful tip from Mashable, it’s possible to get to grips with the new Facebook timeline straight away. Here’s a very quick rundown of what’s immediately noticeable.

Profile:

The layout is a little confusing at first, particularly because the wall/timeline is no longer ascends by date. The box for ‘Recent Activity’ is a nice addition, although why each bit of activity doesn’t feature at its own respective places on the timeline perhaps defeats the object of the timeline. In addition, wall posts from more than 24 hours in the past are now displayed without a time. Lastly, noticed the ‘cover image’ each profile now has, similarly to a MySpace wallpaper but neater. Mine is a lovely abstract picture I’ve drawn of footballer Xabi Alonso.

The friends list has been moved to the top of the profile page, sitting with ‘Photos’, ‘Map’ and ‘Likes’ next to personal details. This has been done to accommodate to ‘dual-lane’ timeline, and both separates and accentuates all of the adverts down the right-hand side.

Map:

This basically shows all the places you’ve checked in – ever – on a big map. These check-ins can be sorted by month and year, which is a nice touch, and are also categorised into ‘Stories’ ‘Life Events’ ‘Photos’ and ‘Entertainment’. As you can see from the above, I’m a global jetsetter…

Once you click on the individual check-in tabs, it brings up the story and status. For those interested, ‘Entertainment’ counts bars and clubs. I have nothing that counts as a ‘Life Events’ check-in, but there’s still time, guys!

You may have noticed the smaller timeline in the top right of the new profile page, spanning from the year the account was set up until now. This basically allows a one-click trip back in time, where old wall posts and status updates can be viewed. One thing that isn’t certain is whether this feature will be accessible to everyone, as it will doubtless cause all sorts of stalker and privacy concerns.

Born:
One of the key hooks made by Mark Zuckerberg was the new Facebook allowing people to ‘put their lives online’. Below is the much-vaunted ‘born box’, which gives people the opportunity to begin their timeline with a picture of them as a baby.

Conclusions:
By widening the net and looking to capture as much of people’s lives as possible, Facebook seems to have further cemented itself as the social network of choice. Of course, there will be those who will stick to the brevity and professionalism of Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+, but the simple fact remains that 750 million people enjoy putting their lives up online for all to see. Facebook is allowing them to do that more than ever before.

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