Microsoft's Lifebrowser is its version of Facebook's Timeline

The Timeline feature that was added for Facebook users has gotten mixed reviews ever since it started replacing the older profile pages for Facebook subscribers. The idea of your profile now being presented as a timeline of your Facebook life sounds good in theory but in practice it does take some getting used to.

Now Microsoft has revealed a new software project from its Microsoft Research division that seems on the surface to be similar to Timeline. Microsoft calls the project Lifebrowser. Like Timeline, it's an attempt to organize a person's electronic content as if it were one seamless look into a person's history.

However, that's basically where the similarities for the two projects end. Lifebrowser is more about helping the user find and search for his or her content rather than presenting their profile and history for others to read. As explained by the web site, Lifebrowser uses "machine learning and reasoning" in order to create a history of the user's life via photos, events, notes and other content.

The program can actually figure out what a person's most important events are in their life and when they occur. A person can search through the Lifebrowser program to find specific photos or events in that life history, which certainly makes filing photos more interesting and efficient.

The software even has a "volume control" of sorts that allows users to zoom in and out of the Lifebrowser to examine and find content from the history in more detail. There's no word on when or even if Microsoft plans to release Lifebrowser to the public.

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I've never complained about any website/software changes/updates. I adapt. I love when things change, it spices up things. I really think people shouldn't complain. They should either submit requests, adapt to it or just don't use it when it gets finalized.

"Microsoft's Lifebrowser is its version of Facebook's Timeline."
"However, that's basically where the similarities for the two projects end."

Contradictions, contradictions...

MASTER260 said,
"Microsoft's Lifebrowser is its version of Facebook's Timeline."
"However, that's basically where the similarities for the two projects end."

Contradictions, contradictions...

Two versions can be completely different in how they tackle a problem.
They must have the same field/use in common though.

GS:mac

MASTER260 said,
"Microsoft's Lifebrowser is its version of Facebook's Timeline."
"However, that's basically where the similarities for the two projects end."

Contradictions, contradictions...

I Lol'd at thjis, title so misleading

MASTER260 said,
"Microsoft's Lifebrowser is its version of Facebook's Timeline."
"However, that's basically where the similarities for the two projects end."

Contradictions, contradictions...

The XBOX 360 is Microsoft's version of Sony's PS3 Console. Both can play games, and both can watch movies and go online. However that's where the similarity ends.

Same thing, completely fine statement to make.

techguy77 said,
Since Facebook introduced Timeline, i actually don't use it anymore. A lot of people hate it.

Not from what I've seen. It's actually been one of the few changes people I know actually didn't complain about. Even I'm not complaining, and I'm usually bitching about FB's changes.

xiphi said,

Not from what I've seen. It's actually been one of the few changes people I know actually didn't complain about. Even I'm not complaining, and I'm usually bitching about FB's changes.

Then you're not seeing the same guys I'm seeing. Out of people I've seen on Facebook/in real life, I'm the only guy that likes it...

techguy77 said,
Since Facebook introduced Timeline, i actually don't use it anymore. A lot of people hate it.

A lot of people love it, too. They can't please everyone, and allowing two completely different designs isn't feasible, not least because of how different the backend is for each design.

xiphi said,

Not from what I've seen. It's actually been one of the few changes people I know actually didn't complain about. Even I'm not complaining, and I'm usually bitching about FB's changes.

I'm in the same boat. The timeline is the only change made to Facebook where I didn't see anyone complain or join a group against it. This is anecdotal of course.