Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Does Facebook Timeline Really Matter?

Lots of talk recently about the roll-out of the new Facebook Timeline. I've seen it and I can't help wondering, what's all the fuss about?

Ok, it looks different. I understand that sometimes change is good, especially when it comes to our personal space. That's why we tend to re-arrange our furniture, move from house to house (or city to city) or simply enjoy getting away from it for a while. A change of scenery makes us feel better about where we are.

Timeline also does a nifty trick with our photos. It brings the old photos we posted months, or years ago, and brings them back up front so we can be reminded of the things we did in the past. This is nice. People like to reminisce. They enjoy looking back (usually) and remembering things that happened in the past. It's fun. It's what we do when we get together with old friends or family we haven't seen in a while.

What Timeline doesn't do, however, is anything that doesn't involve a change of scenery. It looks different. That's it.

I suppose this is great news for folks who spend hours on their Facebook page and have grown tired of the same old thing. Or those with a memory disorder that need reminding of what they have done in the past.

I will say this: It's not too difficult to use, and that's a good thing. There are no tricky privacy settings to maneuver or apps to install. Just click, and it's done. Who knows, you might even like it; find it the best thing since sliced bread.

Me, I'm decidedly less than impressed. They can dress it up however they like, but it's still the same old Facebook. Not that that is a bad thing.

Click here to learn more about and get the new Facebook feature, "Timeline."


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