A few months ago Facebook introduced their latest ‘timeline’ profile concept to the web and invited a few Facebook users to test the new profiles out. I remember Katy writing a post about the new profiles and being halfway intrigued with the new concept. I liked the idea behind the timeline effect and being able to literally scroll through your life, but thought it made the overall profile look messy and confusing.
Then news about a general release of the timeline profiles sort of faded into the background. I had pretty much forgotten about them until I saw a friend randomly Facebook about being ‘so over’ the timeline profiles (he was on the early users invite list). That’s when I did a little research and discovered the launch was being delayed because a company called ‘Timeline’ was suing Facebook for copyright or trademark infringement.
And just when I had almost forgotten about the timeline profiles again, some buzz popped up earlier this week that the general launch was happening again. Now timeline profiles are set to go live Facebook-wide for everyone next week (Dec. 23), but you can upgrade early to get a feel before you’re forced to make the change
The 7-day time window is also giving people a chance to..umm.. delete or hide any embarrassing things that might be on your Facebook page from through the years.
Like this beauty I found on my wall from 2005.
Hey, it was college. No comment.
I upgraded this morning and spent an embarrassing amount of time playing with the profile.
And you know what? I LOVE IT.
Reading my Facebook timeline was just like taking a stroll through memory lane. All of the inside jokes from college that I had forgotten about came rushing back to me like a ton of bricks. I laughed, I cried, and I yearned to immediately talk to all of my old friends. I miss them, I really do.
I even found the first wall post Derek left on my wall all the way back in 2005!
(Long story short, we met in April 2005 briefly then reconnected in November 2005 at a bar and spent the whole night dancing. ‘Flippin’ Tuesdays’ thus became a weekly tradition for us.)
When I moved to Orlando
My first 5k
My first half marathon
And PLENTY of posts that made me laugh out loud
The timeline is surprisingly easy to navigate too. You can look through each year’s activities in their entirety or see the highlights of the year grouped together.
HOURs. I wasted HOURS reading through the timeline.
I wasn’t sure I would be a fan of the new set-up, but I love it. Congratulations Facebook! You just gave everyone yet another excuse to get lost on your site for hours at a time. Good for you!
However, I do have one suggestion. Don’t go through your significant other’s timeline. It’s not worth having to question them on every drunken wall post someone has left over the last 7 years. Trust me.
But I did learn one thing.
Derek joined Facebook a full month before I did. I guess he’s more of an early adapter than he gives himself credit for. 😉
Have you made the switch to the Facebook timeline profiles yet? What are your thoughts?
Leftover pizza and some steam-in-a-bag brussels sprouts I picked up at the store for lunch.
Nothing special, but it worked. 🙂