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Love it or hate it, you just cannot ignore it: Facebook Timeline

 By: Shivani Singh

 

 

Nothing but change is constant. The developers of Facebook seem to have taken this way too seriously. Our beloved social networking giant has a habit of making immense changes just when you are getting accustomed to the preceding one. With Google+ entering the social networking scene, Mark Zuckerberg’s brainchild has constantly been accused of being insecure and it is speculated that all the changes are to make the users stay. These changes often seem to be detrimental rather than advantageous. With new features coming up every day, be it changes in the chat, introduction of the video chat, the continuously moving Ticker by the side or the new timeline, Facebook has never shied away from experimenting. All the alterations have been appreciated and detested at the same time by the forever growing number of users.

Mark Zuckerberg's Timeline

The ever changing website has brought out its most significant and planned change-The Timeline. The revamped Facebook allows you to put a cover picture on top of your timeline- which was your wall earlier, enables you and your friends to see your posts from the time you joined Facebook, sorts your recent activities from the old ones and acts like a digital scrapbook. Well, this is how you should know it, if you have not experienced it yet. Facebook never forgets and the timeline proves this. You and your friends can easily access your long gone and forgotten updates. It supposedly tells the story of your life through its features. An example can be your transition from a nerd in school to the college hunk or diva. Zuckerberg believes the Timeline will help people portray themselves from the beginning till the present in an organised manner. Whether or not everyone shares the same view about it is a different story altogether. Just like every other major alteration, there are varied reviews for this one as well. A variety of status updates following its introduction fluctuated from ‘’It is amazing! Hats off to Facebook’’ to ‘how am I supposed to get rid of it?’’.In fact some people called the idea of introducing the cover photo and naming the wall as the timeline hilarious.


A friend’s status update went: For a lot of people the Timeline is interesting at first, the freshness associated with it is inviting but within a few days, it starts to bore you. You see your old updates and realize how silly you were once upon a time and get embarrassed by what you were once proud of. The rising concerns of how stalking will increase with the introduction of timeline are totally justified, however,profile impersonation becomes almost impossible with all the past and present information perfectly sorted and stored in one place. The Timeline enthusiasts seem to love the idea and for them others are mere whiners who cannot appreciate a transformation. It’s difficult to infer how it will be received once introduced on everybody’s profile but the idea of people quitting Facebook owing to their discomfort with the Timeline seems like a far cry considering the maddening popularity of the website.
Well how bad can change be?
As Confucius once said: ”They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.”

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5 comments on “Love it or hate it, you just cannot ignore it: Facebook Timeline

  1. ghoomakar
    December 24, 2011

    hi, i have been following many of the writings here of Salt List, subscribed in june/jul i belv, as a way to be in touch with some interesting writings from back home, as i was based in australia then….but increasingly in past few weeks a lot of activity in past few weeks saw me reading all your writings…but what i fail to understand, although i am personally not a writer or understand much of new-age journalism/literature, and thus missing the Satire(ur punchline)… whats the satire in most of the artciles, blogs….the punhcline is not getting justified…some new perspective, new thought, incisiveness something which will compel readers to come back for more. i recall a fight on ur page of April i belv, whn u guys started, people commented that the format & templates etc were more imp….etc, i was happy that something diff was expected…but frankly the word ‘listless’ comes in my mind in most of the artciles i read in these recent few weeks…why so…

  2. thesaltlisters
    December 24, 2011

    Hello there
    Thank you for your feedback.Highly appreciate it 🙂
    Firstly, we need you to put yourself in this particular situation:
    Suppose your favorite celebrity passes away and you are a journalist working for a magazine of immense repute. You are asked to write a piece replete with puns on the life of the deceased. Would you do that? Is being sarcastic correct in a situation like this? Satire is put in only where necessary. This does not mean we forget about what we promise and what our punchline says.
    As far as this article is concerned, please let us know as to how we can go beyond what is mentioned in the last paragraph (given you have read the entire article). We are all budding journalists running this blog, so we would not mind some tips.
    How would you write it?
    We are all eager to learn some more. Really.

  3. Lata Jha
    December 24, 2011

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    February 27, 2012

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