Have you designed your personal Timeline in Facebook yet?
If not, you will soon, the feature goes live on January 21st. In short, it transforms your personal homepage profile into a running timeline of events that tells your life story. Facebook already knows when you’ve added content from the time you created a Facebook account, so that content is easily prearranged for you. Plus, if you’ve provided enough personal information, they know when you were born, where you went to school and where you worked and when, etc. They leave you space to fill out significant events beginning with your first birthday. There’s a yearly slider on the right side of the screen and you can slide the handle up or down to jump from one set of events to the next. You can add as much as you’d like to your personal timeline that fills in the gaps. Once you begin, Facebook gives you 7 days to publish it so you have time to customize your profile page and only you can see it until then. Only the people who you originally allowed to see a post will be able to view it.
This concept isn’t new, online genealogical software sites like Geni.com have been presenting personal homepages and profiles like this for awhile now. What’s new is integrating it with the rest of the widgets and app’s available within Facebook’s social network. Your wall becomes a living timeline of events that will (presumably) make it easier to influence your friends’ choices and decisions (or the general public depending on your security settings.) This is done by creating a new class of social Apps. For example, if your friends use the same social apps as you do, and you use those app’s to share what you’re watching, listening to and reading, then your friends will be able to more easily get a sneak preview into those same things, e.g. listening to the same song or watching the same video.
I haven’t decided what I think of this change yet as I literally began messing with the options while typing this post. If you’ve been designing your new Facebook Timeline or have already published it, please comment as we’d like to hear what you have to say!