I had every intention of documenting the milestones of my life in photos, witty captions, songs, and artwork. I was going to do it regularly, on rainy days, so in the future I could show my children what a rich and exciting life I led before they were born. And all of a sudden years go by and I have a shoebox full of scrapbook fodder – ticket stubs, handwritten notes (remember those?), swatches of designs I liked – and no scrapbook to show for it.
My modern scrapbook is scattered across the Internet in the form of YouTube videos, Instagram photos, check-ins with various geo-apps, tweets, blog posts, connections, comments, and more. The common denominator has been Facebook, the aggregator of my digital life, built into almost every website I use. It has become that old shoebox of memories overtime, without the nostalgic pleasure of sifting through those old keepsakes. Until now. Kinda.
Facebook Timeline provides an image-rich overview of people’s lives, chronicling the scrapbook-worthy moments of life, going all the way back to birth. “We want to design a place that feels like your home. Where you tell story online is very personal. You spend a lot of time curating it. We want to make timeline a place you’re proud to call your home,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
I’m not sure about my “home”, but Facebook is certainly where my social life “lives”. So today, I activated my timeline. Once I added my “cover photo”, I was all set. Because I rarely sit through “tours” of new features and prefer to learn as I go, it took me some clicking around to find what I was looking for: the ability to go back in time and add events.
Eager to fiddle around with new features, I went looking to add an event. Facebook is encouraging users to “go back in time” to add in life events and even provides a check-list of sorts to easily add in milestones. I decided to add my move from California to Pennsylvania last year… which wasn’t technically on Halloween, but I said it was 10/31 so I could use a picture of the pumpkin I carved as the photo for the event. Which got me thinking… are Timeline adopters going to start re-writing their own histories?
"Add Event" menu for building your Timeline
My move from Cali to PA, added to the Timeline.
If you’re ready to take the plunge, go to facebook.com/about/timeline. Once you turn it on, you’ll have 7 days to review, add events, prune back the items you wish not to remember, and publish what can best be described as a virtual scrapbook. For more info, check out the Huffington Post’s 7 Things You Need to Know About Timeline.
I wonder what Timeline will look like on my iPhone… and if this feature will have anyone who still isn’t using a touch-screen mobile upgrading. “Tis yet to be seen!