The New Facebook Timeline – What you need to know.
Nothing brings a cringe of frustration to people like one of their favorite platforms making site wide changes that they have to learn. Facebook to me is the king of forcing change on their users. That being said the hope is that the changes will actually be an upgrade. Recently Youtube forced their new channel design changes on people (we can’t let them play with Facebook, little Facebook is a bad influence on our Youtube). So here we are the new Facebook Timeline is upon us and the best thing we can do as users and businesses is find out what the changes are and how we can best use them.
There are a few shining stars in the new changes to Facebook Timeline. Though I hated the interface and the logic of the information display, like prison food, I guess you get used to it when you have no other choice. I do like the pin post concept because the downside of any blogroll system is that good information is lost as newer posts push information down. The new pin post feature is kind of like the Tweet old post plugin for WordPress that tweets old posts and lets new followers and people who missed it when it was originally posted see it, the pin post allows you to bring to the front a post that you want to highlight and it can remain in the spotlight for people to see. Linkable images is also nice feature of the the new Facebook Timeline and the clean design makes things look a little less cluttered. Sometimes an idea is good but doesn’t really win over users until it is refined a little more. I have a feeling the Facebook Timeline will this same way. As the new Facebook Timeline makes a foundational change to the way we view our information, it is still rough around the edges, I think as it is refined it may hold some promise of increased functionality and a better UX (user experience).
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