Comments on: Facebook’s Timeline: A catalog of nothing http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2012/02/17/facebooks-timeline-a-catalog-of-nothing/ Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Adamevanich89 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2012/02/17/facebooks-timeline-a-catalog-of-nothing/#comment-443757 Wed, 15 May 2013 11:19:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=33797#comment-443757 I’ll start to use that feature on Facebook timeline as soon as it comes up. www.hack-facebook-password.org , great post keep it up!! :)

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By: magic69 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2012/02/17/facebooks-timeline-a-catalog-of-nothing/#comment-391858 Sun, 11 Mar 2012 23:25:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=33797#comment-391858 Blah blah blah blah. Could care less about the grand strategy behind the timeline. All i know is that i hate it! Looking at someone’s wall should not be an arduous task. This is the same kind of nonsense that made MYSPACE so unbearable. Seems like their are too many guys sitting around just trying to justify their salaries. Some just never learn “IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT!”

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By: AlecDifrawi http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2012/02/17/facebooks-timeline-a-catalog-of-nothing/#comment-391667 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 01:07:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=33797#comment-391667 This is a very interesting look at the new Facebook Timeline. It’s good to remember that Facebook is a business, and that, like all businesses, it needs to make a profit to survive. To survive in the ever-changing realm of the internet, Facebook must also change. I recently wrote a post on my own blog reviewing the recent changes at http://www.alecdifrawi.com/internet-mark eting/facebooks-new-look/.

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By: roboratistheman http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2012/02/17/facebooks-timeline-a-catalog-of-nothing/#comment-391622 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 06:08:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=33797#comment-391622 I have been using Timeline for months now, and I so far have mixed feelings about it, the same emotions I would have if I were shoplifting: thrilled and terrified.

Timeline mines every note, comment, status update, photo, video, link and “like” I’ve ever posted on Facebook – and they go as far back as when Facebook wasn’t even around yet (photos I tagged as from the 1990s, for instance, or a pre-Facebook info I appended to your personal details like my birthday or my child’s first communion) – and presents them on my profile page in a very visual, very detailed manner, in chronological order, hence a “timeline” or, as the Zuckerberg bunch professes, a “story of your life”.

I found it charming at first. I saw in my own timeline a digital scrapbook of everything that went on in my life since I became a citizen of Facebook on Aug 10, 2007. Mostly, it had something to do with nostalgia; you know, that cliche, that fuzzy feeling you get when you “walk down memory lane”.

Through a mosaic of words and photos, I began recalling specific moments in my life that I thought I had already consigned to the backup servers of my mind, to be forgotten, forever. I was suddenly made aware that Fiona Chan and I became Facebook friends on Nov 7, 2007, and that I spent the better part of my Facebook time in 2007 playing Bogglific; that in 2008, I had my left ear pierced on Jan 8, I professed my love for Tina Fey on May 4, and I made 299 new Facebook friends; that I stopped smoking for a full three months in 2008 and 2009; and, that I lost an iPod Touch on Dec 2, 2009.

Key moments in my life that I knew happened but somehow couldn’t place exactly when they happened were there, too. They had always just been “in the past”. With Timeline, they suddenly had dates and photos and annotations and a label (Facebook now calls them “life events”). A near-death experience when I had my large intestines cut and resawn in December 2008. A superb journalist from Reuters dying of cancer on May 27 of that same year. An acquaintance from college who passed on suddenly in September 2009 after a game of pick-up basketball. Nearly packing up and heading off for a job in Jakarta in July 2009. Writing “ay masaya (is happy)” on my status box on Oct 31 last year.

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As I sifted through everything that made up my recent life, I suddenly realised something unsettling. There it was, right in front of me, just as Mark Zuckerberg had promised. The story of my life, laid bare in all its drudgery and banality, a full accounting of boredom. It was the story of a basic functionary without ambition, or even hope of an ambition, of someone who had plateaued and had lost interest, except to maintain a basic salary sufficient to finance a low-overhead subsistence.

That Facebook had to archive it in all its mundane glory is frankly mortifying. That people will now have access to it just makes it terrifying.

Timeline, the way I see it now, heralds the age of full personal accountability, of full disclosure. Gone are the days when you can be ambiguous, even mysterious, and you can always try to reason your way out of a difficult situation by saying, “Oh, I totally forgot about that.” You can no longer tell a human resources drone examining your CV that, as far as you can recall, you have no history of clinical depression because that drone sitting in front of you with the robotic voice will have the exact date when you posted statements on Facebook, such as “thinks life is a stale joke with no punchlines”, that could be interpreted as a manifestation of suicidal tendencies.

You’ll now have to be accountable for every status update, comment, note, photo, video, link or ‘like’ you post on Facebook. Saying something like “I hate donuts” may seem so innocent to you now, but it may come to haunt you later in your life when, while on your deathbed, the only lifeline available to you will be a charitable donation from Dunkin’ Donuts. I’m just saying.

Timeline is now a compelling argument for me to deactivate my Facebook account and switch full-time to Google+, where I currently have four friends, but then I too believe that being on Facebook is like living in America: We can complain all we want, but we’ll never really leave. Eventually, I’d forget about how mad I was and go on enjoying Facebook and all the narcissistic bliss it brings.

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By: ChicagoFats http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2012/02/17/facebooks-timeline-a-catalog-of-nothing/#comment-391621 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 05:22:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=33797#comment-391621 Internet marketing is what is killing FB for its fans, Aneza. You can improve your FB page all you want; when there is nothing to look at but ads no one will look at them. Do you think the advertisers are going to be selling to each other?

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By: avp17 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2012/02/17/facebooks-timeline-a-catalog-of-nothing/#comment-391613 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:05:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=33797#comment-391613 with every Facebook update (from the wall, to how the photos are displayed) people make some convoluted/metaphysical argument about how awful it is, but end up not only adopting it, but loving it.

i mean really, it’s just putting your facebook history in chronological order.

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By: wilrose http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2012/02/17/facebooks-timeline-a-catalog-of-nothing/#comment-391604 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 23:35:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=33797#comment-391604 Slowly, but surely Zuckerberg has succeeded in making me a fan of his Hate Club. I hate Timeline, I hate the clutter, and I hate the purposefully designed chaos of FB’s personal Privacy Settings. HATE it, and quit using FB several months ago. And so did some of my friends. We just walked away without any withdrawal complications.

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By: ChicagoFats http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2012/02/17/facebooks-timeline-a-catalog-of-nothing/#comment-391593 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 07:03:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=33797#comment-391593 “I am now set to improve my Facebook page and use it as a powerful tool for my marketing.”

And that is a perfect illustration of the author’s point. Facebook is beginning to resemble an eastern European boiler room operation. All ads, all the time.

Here’s a clue, marketing wannabe: If there is nothing but advertising there is no reason for users to go there any more. You can all have fun trying to sell to each other.

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By: Aneza http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2012/02/17/facebooks-timeline-a-catalog-of-nothing/#comment-391592 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 06:26:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=33797#comment-391592 I am a VA and expanding my knowledge into internet marketing. I am working so hard to cope with it. After reading your blog, I am now set to improve my Facebook page and use it as a powerful tool for my marketing.

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By: jds2010 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2012/02/17/facebooks-timeline-a-catalog-of-nothing/#comment-391574 Sun, 19 Feb 2012 19:41:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=33797#comment-391574 Mr. Kelleher, u took the words right out of my mouth..unfortunately FB and its IPO stakeholders believe the public(participants) are sheep and this product is an easy cash cow to milk for years to come

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