f8: Facebook Unveils Timeline
The first f8 announcement is the Timeline. It’s Facebook’s way of putting your whole life on your Facebook profile. Not just the recent stuff. “That would just be your wall,” says Zuckerberg.
“Tell the whole story of your life on a single page,” he says. The official description says:
Timeline is wider than your old profile, and it’s a lot more visual. The first thing you’ll notice is the giant photo right at the top. This is your cover, and it’s completely up to you which of your photos you put here.
As you scroll down past your cover, you’ll see your posts, photos and life events as they happened in time. You choose what’s featured on your timeline. You can star your favorites to double their size or hide things altogether.
Everything you’ve shared recently is right there, then you can go back in time by clicking on specific year, where you can find “the most important stuff”. The timeline has dots that show important content when highlighted.
“We wanted to design a place that feels like your home,” says Zuckerberg. “A place you’re proud to call your home.”
You can go back and insert things from your life that are missing. You can put a big photo of your choice at the top. This is separate from your profile.
“You have complete control over everything on your timeline. You have control of what’s there and you also control who can see everything,” he says.
There is also a private activity log. “This is where you’ll find everything you shared since you joined Facebook,” the company says. “Click on any post to feature it on your timeline so your friends can see it, too.”
You can also add apps to your timeline.
It will be available in a few weeks.