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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Google+ Hits 50 Million Users And Growing 4% Per Day

Google Plus YouIt’s quite remarkable how competitive the Social Media industry is, with all the major players trying to out-do each other.  If you’ve been watching the news lately you would have heard all about the major upgrade coming to Facebook soon called “Timeline”.  Twitter is as strong as ever and Social Sharing apps such as Foursquare and Getglue just keep getting stronger.

But all of this, with maybe the exception of the Facebook news pales in comparison to the latest figures coming out of Google+.  According to self-confessed Google Stats guru, Paul Allen, Google+ recently hit 50 Million users… in just over 80 days!  To put this in perspective, Facebook took more than 1000 days to reach that same milestone.

In his recent blog post, Paul Allen suggest that Google+ could be gaining as many as 2 million users per day! 

Josh Wolford mentioned Mr Allen’s methodology in a recent article where he explains it as:

“Allen’s methodology involves using U.S. census data to track certain rare surnames across Google+. He uses that data and extrapolates it across the world to produce an estimation on total user population. Previously, Allen said when Google+ would be hitting the 10 million and 20 million marks, and was pretty much correct.” (source)

The 2 points that Paul Allen highlights are that Google+ has picked up 50 Million Users while still flying relatively under the radar, and more importantly, that it could be gaining at a rate of approximately 4% (2 million new users) per day!

As he also points out in his article, it’s nearly impossible to imagine Google+ not hitting the Billion user mark before too long simply because of the reach they have.

“By integrating +1 and Circles (targeted sharing) and other Google+ functionality into its Chrome browser, Android phones (and tablets), Gmail, Google Reader, Blogger, Google Photos, and other properties, Google+ will give its more than one billion users repeated chances to sign up for and use the functionality of Google+. Like the Chrome commercials say, “the web is what you make of it.” And with Google+, you can make so much more of it that ever before.” (source)

Between Facebook’s new Timeline and the explosion of Google+, are we seeing the emergence of true Social Media / Social Networking super-powers?

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