Will You Put Your Whole Life on Facebook With the Timeline Feature?

Facebook users to share a whole lot of information

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Will You Put Your Whole Life on Facebook With the Timeline Feature?
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The Timeline feature Facebook announced at f8 is blowing a lot of people’s minds. “Tell the whole story of your life on a single page,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said as he announced the feature.

Would you share your whole life on your Facebook wall? Let us know in the comments.

That, in a nutshell, is what the timeline is all about. Sure, it will feature your recent Facebook activity, classic “wall” material, and app-related content. There’s a lot of cool stuff happening there, but the timeline itself goes back to when you were born, containing as much information as you want to share.

It looks like you can add content extending even before your birth (notice the +. You can drag that down and add more things, entering when something happened):

Facebook timeline feature  

However, if you try to enter something for a date before your birthday, it doesn’t let you. It just tells you you weren’t born yet, which apparently eliminates pictures of your mom’s pregnancy, and any pictures of you as a fetus. Maybe they’ll enable this later.

Post birth, you pretty much have free reign.

You can add health-related events:

Facebook timeline feature

Facebook timeline feature 

Other life events:

Facebook timeline feature 
Facebook timeline feature
Facebook timeline feature  
Facebook timeline 

You can add content about when you lose a loved one:

Facebook timeline feature

The point is, you can pretty much add anything from your life starting with birth, which means a lot of people are going to be spending a whole lot of time adding things from their lives. Or at least that appears to be Facebook’s goal.

I have no reason to believe that tons of people won’t be adding everything they can think of to make their lives look more interesting than the next guy’s. You’re going to look pretty lame if you only have a few things and everyone else is climbing mountains, sky diving and meeting presidents.

Imagine the data. Imagine the ad targeting possibilities.

Imagine that Facebook is around for the long haul, and new people are born into the world where this is just the norm. It is a pretty interesting time indeed.

All of that said, some things you might be thinking include: I wonder how many people will get fired from their jobs. I wonder how many more divorces will get blamed on Facebook. I wonder how many lives will this ruin.

Don’t worry. “You have complete control over everything on your timeline. You have control of what’s there and you also control who can see everything,” said Zuckerberg during the keynote.

Well, users have had a lot of control over what they share on Facebook in the past, but that hasn’t stopped all of those things from happening. Tread carefully. By carefully, I mean with common sense. It may not be a good idea to post about the first time you used an illegal narcotic or the affair you had a few years ago. Not that you’ve done either of those things.

If you want to sign up for the timeline feature, you can do so at the bottom of this page. It’s supposed to be rolling out over the next few weeks anyway. Greg Kumparak has a nice walkthrough on how to go about getting the timeline early if you’re a developer.

How much of your life will you share with the world? Let us know.

Will You Put Your Whole Life on Facebook With the Timeline Feature?
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  • http://www.cnx-software.com/ SymS

    I don’t think that an issue, as long as you can control what you show and who sees it. It could also become your diary if you are into those kind of things and make it accessible to yourself only. Although for the later you must have faith in Facebook…

  • http://www.seonorthamerica.com Tom Aikins

    How many narcissistic dipsticks are out here is a better, and more accurate, question. Here, here! Look at me! Rather pathetic if you ask me.

  • http://traditionalcatholicfamily.net ohwisdom

    Just another way of keeping people focused on themselves.

  • http://www.bookreviewsbyangy.com Angy

    If it is in my cv, it can go online.

  • http://www.socialmotus.com Madeline

    Rather than forcing everyone to upgrade to this new profile, I think they should offer users a choice.

  • http://www.nepalruralsociety.org Devraj

    Volunteer in nepal

  • http://antalyaresorts.org antalya resorts

    If it would be a force upgrade, I will close my facebook account. Plus, it is not a whole life story. I was using facebook irregularly for last 3 years.

  • Chris

    Not on your life would I do that.

  • http://www.robsteele.co.uk rob steele

    nope wouldn’t put my whole life on FB.

  • Darius

    What’s next? Bank account, DNA, Facebook implant?
    No wonder so many people switch to Google +, this is getting a little bit awkward.
    Just think about it… In 1933 a gang of murderers got hold of the most developed country in the world ( Germany, at that time) through democratic vote. Thank god there was no Facebook at the time.
    With the current world situation in mind (almost identical with the one mentioned above in terms on unrest, unemployment and rise in extremism ), you must be really irresponsible to release any information to a wide audience, let alone pictures of you, your house, your kids, and even worse, a timeline of your life.
    This might sound a little far-fetched and alarmist, but unfortunately it happened before. You only have to do a little Google research on “IBM holocaust” to see why this is a bad, bad idea.

  • http://www.genp.com.au Peter Evans

    As a developer of genealogy software I can see how Facebook might harvest the depth of data it may soon collect. Image in 100 years being able to offer citizens of the 22nd century data on their grandparents. Perhaps the digital equivalent of the old fashioned diary.

  • rif

    Hmm.. Maybe
    Privacy Setting Fb is a Must! :D

  • steve webster

    why would I? but for the answer NOPE

  • http://www.cheristringer.com Cheri S.

    My answer is never.

    I guess for people who don’t understand marketing, it seems like a fine idea. But why would anyone voluntarily give away valuable marketing data to a giant entity like Facebook?

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