The other day I posted a comment on Facebook about how I like the new timeline on Facebook, only to rouse the interest of others who are still apparently on the waiting list to view it. Don’t know why I get to trial it already but here are my thoughts on it so far.
As someone who juggles a few different things, and has more than one job title, I approve of the new and improved way this information is now displayed. Previously I had three or four jobs listed in my profile information, all of which I currently work at so to speak, however only one could be displayed on the profile.
Along with the one job, it also listed about three other pieces of profile info, like who you are in a relationship with, where you are from and education. This used to be below the profile picture and next to that on the right hand side, you would also see some tabs like Photos, Friends, Likes, etc which would display a small picture of the most recent like or photo added. If you had more than one line of tabs, a small drop down arrow would appear which would allow you to click into and view the other tabs like Followers or other apps like Trip Advisor or Pinterest.
On the new timeline there are two coloums and above these there are still small links that can take you directly to Timeline, About, Friends, Photos and More, but they don’t have a picture on display. In the two coloums below the left lists your About info and the right holds your recent pictures, posts and status updates. The About info on the left is listed out in one long box, that’s quick and easy to read and you will instantly see where I work – 3 jobs are displeyed currently, what school I went to, where I live, where I am from, who I am married to and how many people follow me.
Below that you will find my Photos and Friends boxes which both take up the width of the coloum on the left, instead of a small tab at the top of the page, which would only show the most recent photo on my profile. Photo’s and Friends boxes now display 9 seperate pictures for each, so you can view more without having to click into photos to view the last few posted pictures.
Below the friends box there is a Place box, and I currently only have one place displayed – Kariba. Why this is displayed I am not sure, as I have certainly travelled worldwide and if its anything to do with where I have been, its certainly not accurate. So after a little digging I realised that this is the correct place to say where you have been, but somehow Kariba has come up a lot in the last few years and been tagged as such in my photo albums. There are options to input the other places I have been, but it seems to be a seriously time consuming job to do this, because you don’t just add the place, you add the dates you were there, whether you lived or travelled there, who you were with and of course you can upload photos to prove it. You can even list out specific places you have been within that place i.e Empire State building on Central Park in New York. And there is even a box to add your story into.
Now obviously this is all for the purposes of Graph search, which if you haven’t heard of it, is basically Facebook’s SEO. Yes we will literally be able to search for our friends that have eaten at a certain restaurant in another continent and maybe read their little story or review on it, or search for people who enjoy bike riding in your home town for example, so that you can link up to do an activity together.
Therefore the more you put into these sections, which also happen to include favourite movies, TV shows, books, likes, notes, Instagram and Pinterest, the more people can search on you. Or should I say, the more you will show up in people’s searches for specific info that you have put onto your profile.
So after scrolling down the left hand coloum to see what I like and watch and read and listen to, you will then find the last box displayed is my Recent Activity and it displays the last three things I did, with the option of another drop down box to see more recent activity. However you can edit these sections and choose the order they are displayed in, in case you want your likes to feature before the books you’ve read, or come before your apps like Instagram, Pinterest etc.
Adding to your interests has never been easier because its simply a case of clicking a + sign to add suggestions already made to you. However you can also add your story to these too. So if you were addicted to a certain TV show, you can tell us more about it in your own notes / story section.
So overall I like the new way all the info is displayed, its easy to see and access and add and edit. I definitely think its an improvement and sometimes that is not always the case on Facebook. Sometimes the changes are not so good. However saying that can you even remember any of them, I can’t even remember what the original facebook screens looked like. Although I do remember there was much complaining and moaning from a number of people when Facebook introduced the Timeline. Sometimes change can be overwhelming but in this case it is not and I am guessing it should be easy to transition and embrace.
If you are also using the new Timeline already, please feel free to make any comments on what you think of it, or if I have missed any great new features out.