Towards the end of last year, Facebook unveiled its timeline. Over the coming weeks, everyone of its 800 million users will be switched to this new interface. Is it really a “new way to express who you are”, as Mark Zuckerberg says, or a creepy invasion of privacy? Here’s five things you need to know about it…
What is it?
Timeline combines your Facebook profile and wall to give you a page that looks like the bastard child of MySpace and Twitter. It tells your life story – your Facebook life story, anyway – in a scrolling, reverse-chronological order. Sort of like a narcissistic Pinterest or really vain visual blog.
If you’re not already using it, you daft Luddite, there should be some “Introducing Timeline – a new kind of profile” spiel at the top of your profile page. Click “Get Timeline” and you’ll get a timeline.
What’s on it?
Status updates, photos, a cover (big photo), apps, friends added, job history, relationship status changes and all the other guff we clutter our profiles with.
From the day you were born right up to the present day, you can relive it all: every embarrassing drunken night out and correlating hangover; all the people you’ve been out with and subsequently split from; all the thrilling places you’ve visited and checked in to …. It basically makes remembering things obsolete. (Admittedly there is a gaping hole between the year you were born and the year you joined Facebook, but those years were probably shit anyway. If an event’s not worth an update it’s probably not worth remembering.)