Facebook Timeline

What's all the fuss about?!
Facebook is changing. This week it is rolling out it's new Timeline profile to all users. Described by Zuckerberg as "the whole story of your life on a single page", it basically formats your existing content in a sexier, square boxed way. The Timeline feature allows you to navigate through time easily, right back to when you were born.

The "Life Event" feature allows you to fill the gaps, adding pictures and data through those early years. It will be interesting to see how many people actually get that deeply involved in adding data from the launch of Facebook in 2004. The features within "Life Event" are nice though with easy prompts to start adding a job, hobby, buying a new car, having an injury etc.

For those into creating and writing blogs: the new Facebook Timeline uses MySQL database code as used in Wordpress.

Facebook also wants to know more about your whereabouts. Taking on Foursquare, maps becomes a more prominent feature. You will also notice in the right hand panel Facebook asking for location tags on your photo albums. In a nice feature these location tags are automatically found by Facebook so all you need to do is click yes.

The main things for me are:

Cover image: as well as your small profile picture you now get a large, landscape image at the top of your profile. I think this is a great addition which really adds personality to your page. There are some nice handy tools over at Mashable and Digital Life.

Apps: you will now be getting more involved in apps with Facebook. Next to your profile picture, location, work and relationship status you will now see several boxes. Pictures and friends are mandatory however there are a number of other boxes to link to apps. Apps are also given boxes deep within your pages now too. For me the installation process is still very clunky, the interaction between applications can be quite complex for a novice. I've recently got involved with Spotify and really like the integration. Spotify automatically updates my "played" list within Facebook, allowing other people to listen in if they want. Well worth looking into as a music app.

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