Earlier Thursday morning at the annual f8 conference, Facebook showed off new features that it plans to roll out within the next few weeks to select users. One of the new features that Facebook introduced was Timeline.
Timeline is a completely reformed profile that resembles a WordPress blog with a header that spans across the page with a photo of your choosing. Under the header is your information along with statuses, locations you have visited, photos, and other activities. They related the new profile to that of a scrapbook, somewhere where you will be able to keep the memories of your past and look back on them whenever you choose.
The changes for the new Timeline profile will be rolled out periodically to Facebook’s users over the next couple of weeks as the small tweaks and bugs are worked out. Developers will get many of the updates today.
The Timeline profile will be integrated with new updated apps for various types of services. Facebook hopes to make your life more seamless by showing your friends exactly what you’re watching, listening to, viewing, etc. Some people have expressed concern over the future updates stating that they are an invasion of privacy, knowing that their every move is being watched by their peers and Facebook.
Users of the massive website also expressed disappointment and annoyance with the new Facebook updates that rolled out earlier this week. The update introduced a box to the side of the page called a Ticker. The Ticker is a real-time news feed of the current activity that is going on with your friends. The Ticker shows you statuses that your friends have liked, people they have friended, as well as comments and statuses that were just posted. But with the introduction of the Ticker, the Most Recent option of Facebook also disappeared, leaving users with confusion and for some, anger.
Maybe Facebook really is invading our privacy. But while users are continuing to show their disapproval, stating that they promise to quit using Facebook, they continue to log on periodically. Maybe, just maybe, we should quit getting so ahead of ourselves and instead just slow down for a little bit? Sites like these are ruling our lives, and the worst part is that we can’t disconnect for even a second incase we miss the latest “real-time news update”.
Is your need for information about your peers truly that important? Or are you just bored? Does it really matter enough to know that your friend liked a status of their friend? Call me crazy for out of the box thinking, but focusing on ourselves rather than others might not be such a bad idea.
Thank you to Richard Akhmerov for the guest post.