Zuckerberg announces new Facebook Timeline feature

The F8 Conference

Yesterday millions tuned in to watch Mark Zuckerberg’s latest announcements at the F8 conference in San Francisco.

Zuckerberg said he wants people to share “their entire lives” on Facebook and users have no way of sharing their stories once they fall off their profile page.

The CEO and founder of Facebook announced this will change over the next few weeks. The social network site has introduced a new feature called Timeline, which organises all your information on your profile into days, months and years.

The user can even fill in the blanks right back to your birth. Zuckerberg used the example of a baby picture he added to his profile.

View a live demo of the Timeline

New partnerships

The Timeline is only one of the exciting features to be announced. Facebook’s CEO also revealed a number of new partnerships with Spotify, Netflix, Zynga (creator of Farmville) and The Washington Post.

Soon you will be able to listen to music with your friends, watch movies and read news without leaving the social network site.

Zuckerberg stated instead of liking a movie fan page, he wants users to be able to watch the film. Talking at the conference, he seemed excited about being able to share music with your friends and check out what they are listening to.

The Open Graph

Facebook will also be releasing another new feature called the Open Graph, which helps users interact with apps on their news feed. Apps that were mentioned at the conference were jogging routes and recipes that you can share with your friends.

The social media world is set for a big change

Zuckerberg stated he has been working on the new Timeline feature all year and I have to say I think the new feature and partnerships will have a big impact on social media. He has wanted to try and keep users on Facebook for longer and I think the partnerships and new apps will certainly achieve that.

The F8 conference announcements were impressive and I am eager to see the new features unfold.

Get Timeline Early

To get Timeline without having to wait, simple follow the instructions on Tech Crunch.

What do you think of the new Timeline feature?

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p>Is the Timeline a good or bad idea? If you have something to say please comment below.

  • Kate Davies

    I think the new Timeline feature is a great idea. It will be easier and quicker to look back at things you have done in the past, rather than it just disappearing off your profile page. I am really looking forward to the Open Graph and seeing what apps my friends are using. Facebook is changing for the better.

  • Ann-Marie Loughney

     I’ve got it! I’m not sure what to make of it – it’s a little creepy how much of your life is actually stored on here! Have you installed it yet?

  • Anonymous

    I am going to need to look into this more before I can give a full opinion as to what my thoughts are, but personally from reading friends status updates etc… I think the initial opinion (as always) to the changes facebook have made are negative. However, people hate change and I am sure will soon get used to it and rave about the changes.

    • http://twitter.com/SirLambert Tom Lambert

      Hi Tom, Thanks for your response. I’ve heard a lot of negative talk on facebook from friends, but its mainly about the layout change and the addition of the ticker in the top right. The majority of people don’t have the Timeline feature yet.

      You can get Timeline early by following this tutorial:
      http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/22/how-to-enable-facebook-timeline/

  • http://twitter.com/SirLambert Tom Lambert

    Hi Ann Marie, I’ve just installed it now.. looks really good. I’m one of those people who keeps their profile pretty tidy so this is a nice place to hold all my content from over the years. Having a look through all the old stuff I’ve posted and forgotten about is a lot of fun!

    This is also quite a big leap forward for facebook applications. From what I understand apps will now show up in the news feed and timeline just as facebook interactions do. This makes apps much more social which is the whole point in having them on facebook rather than on the web in general. 

    I think this is the start of something great and we’ll be urging clients to take a closer look at Facebook applications for consideration over the next few months.

  • Tom Cotterill

    As much as losing past comments/posts/links etc is a shame, and I would appreciate a way to retain these in a tidy and concise way, this quote is a concern… ‘Zuckerberg said he wants people to share “their entire lives on Facebook’.
    I for one am still slightly terrified at the quantity of personal information stored on the internet, and specifically on Facebook. An option to ‘backfill’ your info from pre-Facebook times is just further opening up your personal life to public scrutiny, albeit with the increased security options/common sense that people should apply. But still, however useful this Timeline may prove to be, Zuckerbergs vision is a scary one.

    • http://www.candidsky.com CandidSky

      Hi Tom, Thanks for your comment. I understand your concerns but I’m not one to be worried about Big Brother visions of the future as I’ve never personally be harmed by sharing things on facebook. 

      Interesting … Could you explain a bit more about how you see this opening us up to public scrutiny? 

      One thing that I do see wrong with this picture is that it is human nature for us to change our lifestyles, personalities and behaviours as time goes on. Have you ever read a message you sent someone 5 years ago on facebook and cringed? By allowing the world to browse our entire history of facebook posts we’re wide open to judgement based on our old selves rather than who we are right now. Here’s an interesting article on how we become completely different people every seven years. http://dreamhawk.com/body-and-mind/every-seven-years-you-change/

    • Anonymous

      Hi Tom, Thanks for your comment. I understand your concerns but I’m not one to be worried about Big Brother visions of the future as I’ve never personally be harmed by sharing things on facebook. Interesting … Could you explain a bit more about how you see this opening us up to public scrutiny? One thing that I do see wrong with this picture is that it is human nature for us to change our lifestyles, personalities and behaviours as time goes on. Have you ever read a message you sent someone 5 years ago on facebook and cringed? By allowing the world to browse our entire history of facebook posts we’re wide open to judgement based on our old selves rather than who we are right now. Here’s an interesting article on how we become completely different people every seven years. http://dreamhawk.com/body-and-…

      • Tom Cotterill

        You’ve hit the nail on the head Tom, basically at present it’s pretty difficult for a new friend on Facebook to trawl back through time and find your posts/photos/comments from anything more than a couple of weeks ago (if you’re an average user). With the new timeline function a new acquaintance will be able to view and scrutinize as far back as your Facebook history goes… potentially opening up access to past relationships, both personal and work, and giving access to your views and opinion from a different time and place.
        I dread to think of some of the rubbish I’ve posted in the (not necessarily too distant) past, which probably isn’t a reflection of who I am now. Also I’m not a fan of PDA’s, but I have friends who are, and the thought of a new partner being able to potentially view your past proclamations of love for a prior relationship is somewhat discomforting!

        • http://www.candidsky.com Tom Lambert

          I totally agree… Zuckerberg often says he wants everyone to share their entire lives on facebook, have open discussions without the need to tailor your identity for different groups of people. But by bringing in features such as timeline he could cause people to become wary of things they put on facebook, meaning less of their life is shared online; the opposite of what Zuck wants. For some people sharing less wouldn’t be a bad thing but it would mean less activity on facebook.

  • http://twitter.com/SirLambert Tom Lambert

    Hi Tom, Thanks for your comment. I understand your concerns but I’m not one to be worried about Big Brother visions of the future as I’ve never personally be harmed by sharing things on facebook. Interesting … Could you explain a bit more about how you see this opening us up to public scrutiny? One thing that I do see wrong with this picture is that it is human nature for us to change our lifestyles, personalities and behaviours as time goes on. Have you ever read a message you sent someone 5 years ago on facebook and cringed? By allowing the world to browse our entire history of facebook posts we’re wide open to judgement based on our old selves rather than who we are right now. Here’s an interesting article on how we become completely different people every seven years. http://dreamhawk.com/body-and-mind/every-seven-years-you-change/

  • http://twitter.com/PFLWebvitality PFL Webvitality

    I think it is only me that says ‘I love updates to Facebook’.  It’s just interesting to see what they are striving for and trying to achieve.  

    The timeline will be interesting and I think its a useful ‘tool’ to those families and friends who end up all across the world.  I also see it a great way to organise your now digital life into a cloud based solution rather than on a local and very unreliable piece of software (iphoto!)The recent changes seem to suit me well but I seem to be the only person I know who likes them!  Looking forward to the Facebook chat application on Iphone as if its works well it could well replace text/BBM.Privacy is always an issue but you just need to keep on top of it.  

  • Samah79

    I think it’s a bad idea. Facebook is already becoming too ‘public’ in terms of sharing info. I think the idea of timeline is a bit creepy. A few friends I know have tried it and have deactivated their accounts very soon after, saying it messed up their account and that they felt exposed….I think it should be optional and not enforced on all users.