Popular social Media Network Facebook launched the ‘Timeline’ yesterday (22 September 2011). Facebook timeline is basically a rearrangement of profile layout and the main point is anyone can go back to some point in the life time of their “Facebook life”. It’s kind of a clever UI idea of implementing archives in an interesting manner.
“Timeline is the story of your life…in a new way to express who you are,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday announcing the new feature. Yes, the timeline concept can become the story of ones life – if we updated FB with everything we gone through each day.
At present (as on 24th Sep 2011) Timeline is only for Facebook developers for testing. (edit:Now it’s available for everyone and even for brand pages) As I was waiting for it from the last time I came to know about it in F8 (http://www.facebook.com/f8) and curious to know what surprise FB brings I activated Timeline for me. See the screen shot of my page below.
As a professional working in Online Branding the first thing caught my attention is the introduction of Cover page on top of profile. I just uploaded an image with my companies’ promotion.
FB introduced some other features also and “View Activity” is one interesting thing among them. View Activity shows you (only owner can see this not others) a list view of all your Facebook activity that is organized by year since the date you joined Facebook. It includes such information as what you’ve written on friends’ walls, photos and links you’ve shared, and photos you’ve been tagged in.
The visual change may seem drastic to many FB users who are become quite familiar with good old layout. I think FB made a bold move on this while G+ is tightening the competition. But I’m sure, once familiar with FB going to win with the new concept and it’s a great practical lesson for all UI & UX designers for thinking out of the box.
Read more in http://www.facebook.com/about/timeline