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The Benefits of the New Facebook Timeline

Updated on February 14, 2012
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Jeannie has been writing online for over eight years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

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The Word on the Street about Facebook Timeline

There has been a lot of buzz lately about the new Facebook Timeline. Some people are extremely disgruntled about the look. Other people are madly in love with the new Facebook Timeline. Some folks were happy to convert right away, yet some people have been lagging behind. Facebook has now taken it upon itself to simply switch users whether they like it or not. Thanks, Facebook! Facebook users love it when their options are completely taken away from them. However, no matter how much people complain, everyone has to admit there are benefits to the new Facebook Timeline.

Why, Hello Old MySpace Layout!

If you were a fan of MySpace, (and boy, was I!) you are going to be so pleased with the look of the new Facebook Timeline. Yes, Facebook has managed to go "retro" with a MySpace look from 2005. Awesome, Facebook! It only took your site 6 or 7 years to catch up to what MySpace once was. (Ouch, that is my inner MySpace Fanatic showing!) What is next? Adding the ability to customize the capsules? Actually allowing a music player on the profile? What about being able to choose a cool background? I mean, all of that sounds so futuristic... oh, wait, MySpace has been able to do that for years, yet no one uses it? Huh? Wait, sorry... getting a little off topic.

Let's Add a Cover!

Facebook Timeline has an interesting new feature called a cover image. What you can do is take one of your favorite images and add it across the top of your profile page. That is pretty cool. Finally, a way to have some sort of self-expression on Facebook. Awesome!

If you are really self-centered, this is a great opportunity to post a nice big photo of yourself in the background and then post another photo as your profile pic. Yay for narcissism! Honestly, the whole idea of having a profile on any social network is a bit narcissistic anyway, so you may as well really amp it up.

Last But Never Least, the Stalking Has Never Been Better!

Let's be honest, most of us are on Facebook to stalk people. Yeah, yeah, pretend you aren't, but you know you love combing through everyone's profiles when you are bored and learning random crap about them. With the new Facebook Timeline, stalking has never been better! As long as you are friends with someone or the person you want to stalk has a public profile, it is so much easier to find out every little mundane detail about that person's life. Facebook even breaks it down by year! Hey, thanks Facebook!

Were you suspicious that your boyfriend lied about when he broke up with his last girlfriend? Check it out on Facebook Timeline! Are you wondering when your ex actually friended some chick you hated from high school? Just keep scrolling down on his new and improved Facebook Timeline profile. Are you sure your friend is telling the truth when she swears she was much skinner back in 2006? Take a little trip down memory lane on the Facebook Timeline. Stalking is so much easier now!

I could even go into details about the lack of privacy that has also come out of this new, big change, but since I am not 100% certain of all the details, I won't go into it. All I know is, a lot more stuff is popping up in my feed about people I've never met in my life. So if I am seeing everyone else's photos, likes, comments, and whatever, I can only begin to imagine what people can see about me. It is actually too horrifying to contemplate, so I will move on.

Oh, Facebook... How You've Changed Our Lives!

My goodness, we've really covered some wonderful positive aspects of the new Facebook Timeline, haven't we? In all honesty, I actually DO like the Facebook Timeline. I think it has a better look and I really do like the cover picture. Am I a little bothered by too much information floating around out there? Sure. However, a good rule is never to post anything that would embarrass you too much anyway. After all, my little cousins are on Facebook. I am far more concerned about what they will see rather than the rest of the world anyway... and they are actually on my friend list!

Also, please keep in mind, whenever you are frustrated with Facebook, it is a FREE site. You are not paying to use it. Your participation on Facebook is totally optional. Whenever a new feature comes out that I do not like, I take a deep breath and say, "I am not required to use this site. I can delete my profile at any time. And it is FREE!" Enough said. For now, it is time for me to go and admire my new Facebook Timeline again. My cover photo was taken at Ocean City, Maryland! I freaking love that cover image!

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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    You're welcome. Thanks for checking out my hub!

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    8 years ago from Pune, India

    Thanks for sharing this useful information.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    It is true! You should totally start using it for stalking purposes. Hehe.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Oh, come on now... a fan page? That sounds too useful and productive. :-) For now, I will keep Facebook for stalking purposes. Thanks for the comment and the vote up!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for the votes! The timeline does look really nice on Facebook. There are those that hate it, but it looks better than before in my opinion. Thanks for reading!

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    9 years ago from Virginia

    Very nicely done...I had heard a little bit about the Facebook timeline....but your hub really helped me understand it....sounds like another great idea from Facebook. Thanks for the information...voted up and useful.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Robin - Thanks so much for the compliments. I love the beach and have a lot of beach photos. Yes, stalking is just so easy with the new timeline. Hooray!

    randomcreative - The constant changes are annoying. Also, if you click on someone's photo, that looks different now, too. I am not sure if I like that.

    Moonmaiden - The timeline can be pretty confusing at times. I am sure once we get used to it, they will just change it to something else anyway. I think it is pretty, so I will just go along with that. :-)

    Thanks for the comments, everyone!

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    Fayme Zelena Harper 

    9 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA

    I have my main account with the new timeline, and my secondary account with the old format. The new one looks splashier, but I find I'm losing touch with all my friends. It's much harder to keep up with them or collect game bonuses. The information that shows up on the new time line seems irrelevant compared to what I could view on the old page. I'm frustrated.

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    Rose Clearfield 

    9 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I am opposed to Facebook's constant changes simply for the sake of changes. So it's tough to embrace Timeline when I simply don't see the point. However, I haven't used it enough to say whether I like it or not. I appreciate your points!

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    Robin Oatley 

    9 years ago

    Haha, so true about the stalking! There, I just said it. I love your hub and also your cover picture! I might go and find myself a picture just as beautiful as yours and consider having the timeline as well!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Ardie - Yeah, I am not liking it that total strangers can see my posts. I don't care if they are my friends' friends... I don't want them seeing everything. Also, your profile pic is no longer private. As long as someone finds your page, they can see the photo. I guess it is Facebook's way of making everyone less private, whether you like it or not. Oh well, at least the page is pretty. :-)

    rsusan - I have to agree with you. I like the horizontal display, too. Maybe everyone will have the option of using it soon.

    Thank you both for dropping by!

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    Rika Susan 

    9 years ago from South Africa

    Thanks for responding and taking a look at this, Jeannieinabottle. Pity about the friends pics. I kinda like the horizontal display. Oh well, can't have everything...:-)

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    9 years ago from Neverland

    I am getting more and more accustomed to the new Timeline. BUT it took me a long while to realize even perfect strangers could see my posts and all the comments between me and my friends. DOH! I had to go and individually change all the earlier posts and redo my settings. NOW I feel a little better - And dont even get me started on the stalking hahah love it

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    jonmcclusk - Yes, everyone is going to be forced to switch at some point. I've still seen some old profile pages, but all of that will be in the past soon.

    THEHuG5 - Oh, I miss the smileys, too! Also, remember the fun headline? I want a fun headline again. I am glad I could help out some in understanding the timeline. It is still a little confusing, but not bad. Thanks for the vote up!

    alocsin - I know what you mean. I think Facebook just wanted a change, but maybe not for the best. I still want a music player! Thanks for the votes!

    Thanks everyone for reading and posting comments!

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    Aurelio Locsin 

    9 years ago from Orange County, CA

    I'm still not convinced about the new Facebook timeline. It seems like change just for the sake of changing. Good hub though. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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    9 years ago

    The thing I liked most about myspace was the little smileys that you could put as your status or along with your status. They were so expressive I wish facebook had something like that as silly as it was lol. I find the new timeline confusing but it's a little less fuzzy now that you explained it a bit. I guess we all better get used to it since I hear they're gonna force us all to get it soon. Thanks for pointing out the positives, voting this up :)

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    Jonathan McCloskey 

    9 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

    This is a funny hub, I didn't know we were being forced to embrace the timeline, still thought it was a choice. The more you know I guess.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    robie2 - Yes, there is no such thing as privacy anymore. Even if you refuse to be part of Facebook, people still post photos and talk about you on it, so you may as well join and defend yourself. Thanks for the comment, the votes, and sharing!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    rsusan - I just conducted some "experiments" on Facebook and yes, I think it depends on whether you are logged in. If someone has a private profile and you are not logged in or you are not friends with them, you see the horizontal display of friends. What an odd feature! Why not give that to everyone? Hmmm... interesting.

    jimmythejock - The new timeline is pretty good. You know, you can switch over to the new timeline before Facebook does it for you.

    Thank you both for the comments!

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    Roberta Kyle 

    9 years ago from Central New Jersey

    Love this hub--as for the new timeline-- still adjusting, but trying to remain open minded:-) I've given up all hope of privacy-- I am, as we used to say back in the day, " letting it all hang out" Fabulous commentary of FB definitely sharing this and voting up and awesome

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    Jimmy the jock 

    9 years ago from Scotland

    I love the new timeline and cant wait till facebook let me have it on my own account.....jimmy

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    Rika Susan 

    9 years ago from South Africa

    Jeannieinabottle, forgot I wanted to ask something. Perhaps I am just dumb, but I sometimes when I land on someone's Timeline page, I see a horizontal display of Friend pictures (about 7 in a row). Mine are tiny pictures in a group on the right side of the page. I don't know if this has something to do with being logged in or not. Just wondering if you know how to get that horizontal row of Friend pics. It looks quite nice.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Hooray, fans of the new Facebook Timeline unite!

    rsusan - Thanks for the vote up! I have 3 Facebook pages and I used 3 different beach shots for the covers. Guess anyone can what my favorite place is!

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    9 years ago from nigeria

    I love it

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    Rika Susan 

    9 years ago from South Africa

    I sort of eased myself into the new Timeline over a few days, Jeannieinabottle. I love it! I think it is a fresher, more modern look. High time for a change. And, yes, I love your cover pic! Voted up and useful.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    You are not the only one who is not in love with it. I just like it because it reminds me of the good old days of MySpace. :-)

    Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment!

  • workwithnature profile image


    9 years ago from Ireland

    I don't like the new facebook look. But well written :) Was fun. Thanks...


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