Facebook Timeline: Tell us about your life events

It's undoubtable that you would've seen news of Facebook's new profiles this morning. Timeline, a overhaul of the way the social network does your personal page is coming soon. As the feature rolls out to users, we managed to get onboard on the developer preview, and are extremely impressed with what's coming for all soon. We took a quick look at the big changes, and how they effect you.



As part of this change, Facebook now includes a focus on "life events" and allows you to add things ​anywhere on your profile. For example, if you broke your leg last week, but couldn't update your Facebook to tell everyone, you can now add a status (or "life event" post about it) in the past.





The feature caters for various things that can occur in your life, and wants as much detail as it can get about what happened. 

For example, if I had broken my leg, Facebook wants to know; What I broke, where I did it, who I was with, what day, the story... and a photo. I really didn't want to upload a photo of a broken leg, so passed on that step. Once filled out, Timeline adds the post to the date you chose on your profile page, rather than the start of your feed.

There are tons of options already preconfigured by your new status update box, and if you don't fit into an event that Facebook thinks is going to happen, you can add your own.

It's also now possible to add any event, at any point in time. I could add a status back a year ago, if I forgot about something really important then and felt like it should be written down. You can also "feature" a post on the page, which makes it take up the width of both columns and emphasizes the text.

Additionally, you can even stalk yourself now, with Facebook featuring an "activity log" of what actions have been performed using your account. This feature is actually really useful, especially if you might have used Facebook after going out drinking in the weekend.

Finally, you can now quick jump to any point in your life by using the "quick jump buttons" on the right.

After playing with the features for a few hours, I'm in love. This is the single best update Facebook has ever deployed to its site, and is by far the most visually pleasing the company has ever deployed. Will this be the first time users don't complain that things have changed? Unlikely. But as the Timeline rolls out, and more users get onboard it'll be interesting to see if it's new features get fully utilized.

Timeline will be available for all soon, and once you get it, its worth remembering that a lot of the timeline functionality isn't compatible with the "old" Facebook, so users stuck on that version of Facebook won't see your fancy new page just yet. Users will be forcefully migrated over the coming months, and there is no opt out.

More information can be viewed about Facebook timeline here.

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I never thought I'd actually "dislike" a change like this to Facebook. I appreciate the features but I feel it would only benefit those that share a lot of information on their profile. I certainly don't share much. In fact, I hide just about every picture and video of me (aside from profile pictures) from almost everyone on my friends list. The only people that have full access to my profile are my best friends.

Also, there have been months where nothing has been added to my profile. With that said, I imagine my timeline profile would look quite empty. Maybe I'll learn to like it... and maybe I'll be a little more open in terms of sharing my pictures and videos.

Critical Error said,
I dont get it. Why should I tell the world I broke my leg or my gf broke up with me? And who cares about this at all?

So you don't get Twitter either? Or Facebook status updates?

This is merely a more persistent, searchable way of posting status updates that relate to you. People are posting far more mundane things than girlfriends breaking up on Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, and web forums. Stuff like games they have played and like, what they ate for breakfast, and TV shows they like. It's just a part of some people's social lives.

What do you post on Neowin, that is so important?

Before people start shouting "THEY WANT OUR DATA" or "WHERE MAH PRIVACY AT!!1!11!!!!," they should keep in mind that sharing these tidits is OPTIONAL. Not just opt-in/out, you have to actually input your stuff.

DanielZ said,
Before people start shouting "THEY WANT OUR DATA" or "WHERE MAH PRIVACY AT!!1!11!!!!," they should keep in mind that sharing these tidits is OPTIONAL. Not just opt-in/out, you have to actually input your stuff.
+1

Too many think this stuff is controversial. And after they have typed out how controversial it is on a forum, they start filling in their info on Facebook, post Twitter updates, or whatever.

plasmo said,
stalking just gotta hella easier

Sure, but only with people that willingly open themselves up and make their lives public. I don't really feel sympathies if you do that out of free will, and later get stalked.

It's no more surprising than putting up posters all over your town that you won't be at home for a week, and then later have things stolen from your home.

Northgrove said,

Sure, but only with people that willingly open themselves up and make their lives public. I don't really feel sympathies if you do that out of free will, and later get stalked.

It's no more surprising than putting up posters all over your town that you won't be at home for a week, and then later have things stolen from your home.

Most stalkers are people you know.

Well, its not like they will present any information YOU didn't already volunteer. I do like the ability to ping a large group of people, but it seems like the vast majority are people that I once knew (high school, college, old church friends from my youth) and very few that I know now.

This timeline feature just presents a new way to process all the data someone has volunteered about themselves. Another way to look at it is if you don't want to have the information out there anymore this will make it a lot easier to remove the information (hopefully).

Owen W said,

Give me a reason this is worse?

Change.. some people are afraid of it.. ?

Ontopic:
I'm looking forward to this update ^^ looks cool

That's pretty cool, it's like your own diary/journal.... add a journal feature where you can write notes or anything, and Facebook will be everything you want it to be

I find it amusing that personal injury falls under a icon of an apple. You'd think that would be education or something. Or maybe it's the whole "keep the doctor away" saying, lol

It's not as great as you say it is. Been toying with it for the past hour and it's laggy on Chrome, and to me, isn't nearly as simplistic as it should be. There will be a mass outcry from normal users once this gets to everyone.

NeoDecay said,
It's not as great as you say it is. Been toying with it for the past hour and it's laggy on Chrome, and to me, isn't nearly as simplistic as it should be. There will be a mass outcry from normal users once this gets to everyone.

No lag here on Chrome, are you using modern hardware? It's much more simple than it's ever been.

NeoDecay said,
It's not as great as you say it is. Been toying with it for the past hour and it's laggy on Chrome, and to me, isn't nearly as simplistic as it should be. There will be a mass outcry from normal users once this gets to everyone.

Even if Facebook added a button called "Click here to get $10", there'd be an outcry because the design had changed and things weren't as they "should" anymore...

NeoDecay said,
It's not as great as you say it is. Been toying with it for the past hour and it's laggy on Chrome, and to me, isn't nearly as simplistic as it should be. There will be a mass outcry from normal users once this gets to everyone.

I've been using it on Chrome for the last hour - on a nettop running on an Atom processor - and it's perfectly fine. Not noticeably slower to the current iteration, to be honest.

hotdog963al said,
I can't help but feel that it's getting a little bit out of hand now. They sure are thirsty for user data aren't they!

It's tempting to make a diary of your life on Facebook.
Fortunately, I choose to limit what I put on Facebook.

hotdog963al said,
I can't help but feel that it's getting a little bit out of hand now. They sure are thirsty for user data aren't they!

On the other hand, deep inside ourselves, we all know that nothing at all will happen and barely anyone besides the occasional advertiser in your sidebar will care if you add your entire life to Facebook.

That's the single more depressing part than having your entire life on Facebook.

hotdog963al said,
I can't help but feel that it's getting a little bit out of hand now. They sure are thirsty for user data aren't they!

HMMM Lets take a pic of my broken leg..

hotdog963al said,
I can't help but feel that it's getting a little bit out of hand now. They sure are thirsty for user data aren't they!

It's not like they haven't had all the data until now...