Facebook Timeline: Want It Or not, Here It Comes

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Some have been awaiting this news, others have been dreading it.

Earlier today, Facebook annnounced via their blog that Timeline is being rolled out to all Facebook users, whether they want it or not.  Once you get it you’ll have just 7 days to edit your Timeline content before it will be available to all to see.

“Last year we introduced timeline, a new kind of profile that lets you highlight the photos, posts and life events that help you tell your story. Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline. When you get timeline, you’ll have 7 days to preview what’s there now. This gives you a chance to add or hide whatever you want before anyone else sees it. 

You can learn more about these new features by taking the quick tour available at the top of your timeline. If you want to get timeline now, go to the Introducing Timeline page and click “Get Timeline.” Or you can wait until you see an announcement at the top of your home page.”

Facebook had stated in an earlier blog that Timeline would eventually be mandatory for all users, so this news was semi-expected.  Still, Facebook users who don’t like the Timeline interface could have a hard time getting used to the new look Facebook.

My thoughts

I have been using Timeline for the last few months to test it out, and for the most part, actually like the interface.  While it makes certain aspects of Facebook much harder (Facebook gamers will hate it), it does give a structured display of your life online, or at least, the life that you want others to see.  You control all the information on your Timeline, so don’t panic about your most intimate details being blasted to the interwebs. 

I haven’t had any major issues with Timeline as yet, and would rate my experience at about 8/10.

Potential Issues

As expected with any new feature, there is always at least some form of controversy.  Internet News service, WebProNews posted an interesting article about Timeline today that has a section regarding privacy groups claiming Timeline is a breach of users privacy.  Have a read of the WebProNews article here.

What are your thoughts on Timeline?  Are you a Timeline user already?  Please post your thoughts in the comments below.

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How You Can Get The New Facebook Timeline

One of the most anticipated launches of 2011 has to be the exciting new Facebook Timeline. Unfortunately, there has been no release date given as to when the Timeline will be rolled out globally, but did you know that you can beta test the Timeline yourself, today? The image below is my Facebook Timeline, which I captured just today. Click the image to view a full size version in detail.

Facebook Timeline

So how can you, the everyday Joe Blogs get your hands on the Facebook Timeline? All you need to do is register as an Open Graph developer on Facebook, and follow a few simple steps.

Luckily for us, Jeff Dunn at Edudemic.com has put together a fantastic article that outlines the process in simple steps.

As the Timeline is still being developed, it’s important to note that:

  • Your Timeline is not live, so the general public will only see your regular profile
  • As the Timeline is in testing, it may be buggy
  • As the Timeline is in testing, loss of data may occurr
  • The Timeline rocks! (not so important, but i’m sure you’ll soon agree with me)

If you’re keen to see what Facebook have planned, don’t hesitate, get your Timeline testing page today!

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The Rise Of Social Media – Facebook vs Google vs Myspace

Let’s go back a few years, to the period around April of 2007. At that time, the internet was dominated by the then media giant, Myspace. Google was a popular search engine with a growing range of apps and Facebook, well that was still a teenager in the realm of Myspace and Googles adult domination.

In human terms, the 2 years and 10 months that have passed since then seem tiny. On the Internet however, countless generations of change have happened since then, and none of them seem to be quite as impressive as the evolution of Facebook.

According to Facebook there are over 500 Million ACTIVE users on their service, 50% of which log into the Social Media service every single day. The average person on Facebook has at least 130 friends and over 700 Billion minutes are clocked up by users across the service each and every month. That’s an average of just over 23 hours per user, per month.

To give an appreciation of the size of this usage data, take a look at this comparison between Facebook, Google and Facebook.

The Rise Of Facebook vs Google and Myspace

Click here to view the data in detail

There have been rumours of late about the demise of Myspace, including everything from talks of sales to massive drops in revenue. There has also been a large reduction of commercial users such as musicians who have left Myspace and started to use Facebook to reach their fans.

Google remains as strong as ever, and continues to rise, albeit slower than the dramatic rise of Facebook over the last 2 years.

Where do the stats go from here? Facebook will no doubt continue to rise, especially with the introduction of Facebook Places, and Google will continue to do well considering it is still the worlds #1 search engine service.

For Myspace, well, that future is up in the air.

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Why Facebook Is Essential To Your Business

Use Facebook To Increase SalesWhether you run an offline business, own your own online store or simply sell products on the Internet, Social Media networks like Facebook are essential if you wish for your business to succeed.

There was a time when Social Media networks were optional for business owners. Unfortunately, traditional marketing and sales methods don’t work well online where the largest market of potential clients are, so alternative strategies are required.

This is where Social Media sites step in; Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, Myspace to name just a few.

You can have the worlds best website with the best quality content possible, but if you don’t get people looking at it, the website is ineffective and costing you valuable time and money.

How Do I Get Traffic?

Facebook is one of the premier sources for high quality traffic and targeted niche markets. What you need to do is set up a Facebook Page for your business and/or Product. This page is not used to “sell” your product, but instead to gather leads, or “Fans” as Facebook refer to them. You would then use Facebook to offer information and updates to your leads. This step alone will lead to extra traffic to your website. But don’t stop there. You should also do the same for Twitter and other main Social Media networks, all designed to do the same thing.

Why do all this?

Simply put, we live in an era where “Social” is the key word. People use the Internet to interact and community with others, to find friends, network and gather information. There is a seemingly endless list of leads on the Internet for your business but to really tap into them you need to ensure your business is in the right place to do so.

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