If you’re like me, you’re got albums of old photos tucked away showing baby pictures, high school and college graduation, wedding pictures, the birth of your children and other significant events. But nobody other than you ever looks at them — and you only see them once every five or 10 years when you’re cleaning out boxes or moving.
Now there’s an online record of all the important dates in your life — a place where you can upload photographs, your thoughts about important events, like a journal, and display this record to your friends and family. And you’ve already begun this record and only have to add, change or remove some information to make it the story of your life.
Would such a record be fun for you and your friends to look back on? Would it be a valuable digital record for your children and other family members?
This is exactly what Facebook is doing with Timeline that replaces the profile page, but it’s wider and a lot more visual. You will have a home for all the great stories you’ve already shared and the ones you are yet to create. If you haven’t enabled it yet, what are you waiting on? Eventually Facebook will automatically replace everyone’s profile page, so don’t be timid! Adopt! It’s great!
Unlike before, your stories don’t disappear when you add new things. Everything you’ve ever posted on Facebook is there — yes, even those things you should have thought twice about — but no worries! You can delete them. You can also fill in special events in your life all the way back to your birth, forming a complete timeline of your life, if you want.
Over time, your profile has evolved to better reflect how you actually communicate with your friends. Now you can can share photos of what you did last weekend, and updates about how you feel today.
As always, you’ll want to think about security with your Timeline. There may be dates and events that you don’t want everyone to know, therefore consider carefully your security settings and/or what you post to Timeline. Remember that you can create lists in Facebook and grant those lists of people rights to see specific content that others cannot see. This may be one of those things that you will only want trusted friends and family members to access.
There are predictions that Facebook will soon introduce a variation of Timeline for business pages, providing yet another storytelling option for businesses, nonprofits and brands of all sorts. One thing is for certain — don’t get comfortable with Facebook, because it will always change!