Since it would be inevitable anyway, I recently switched over to Facebook Timeline. I wasn’t excited about adjusting to a foreign format, so naturally it was a surprise to find myself enamored of Timeline. Commonplace as they may be, here are three of my reasons for jumping onto the bandwagon:
1) The format lets me revisit old interactions both cringe-worthy and warm, and the year scroll-bar eases the process of rediscovering a photo, post, note, whatever. One of the first things I did was roll all the way back to the day I first signed up on Facebook, and I was both mortified and entertained by some of my first posts (not to mention seeing that I used to typeeee likeee thisss OMG).
2) It is a scrapbook, simplified. It’s a personal photo album for a digital generation. As a child, I grew up stuffing print pictures into delicate album sleeves, which would then be classified and shelved by year and child. In college, I initiated some well-intended albeit short-lived moves to create an album of my college experience, but printing, sorting, organizing was too much effort. Timeline is the easy way out!
3) You can add personal accomplishments, places visited, and life events, all with the ever suspenseful addition of wondering if anybody will validate you with a “like.” An old-school photo album can’t bring you that! There’s also the added perk of checking out the accomplishments that friends choose to publicize – good fodder for my own bucket list. Win.
What are your thoughts on Timeline? Does the change irk you, or are you on board with it too?