Will New Facebook Timeline Inspire Travel?
Remember the old days when the idea of looking at someone's vacation slides or photo album was the recipe for a tedious evening? With the advent of social networks like Facebook, a bit of the sting is taken out of the process, at least you don't have to sit in their living room listening to a blow by blow account of the fun they had on their latest adventure without you.
One thing hasn't changed, though, the dreaded "travel envy" syndrome still arises when you see you friends going places and doing things that you yourself would like to do. Up to now, Facebook has softened the blow a bit because you had to dig around your friends profiles to find their virtual albums of the great places they'd visited, but that is all about to change with the rollout of their new timeline feature.
Instead of having the photo albums tucked away, Facebook's Timeline feature will bring them to the forefront. The first thing you will encounter when you click on your friend's Facebook page will be a virtual scrapbook presented chronologically with all their postings, photos, videos and maps arranged in tidy little format that allows you to scroll through their lives with the flick of a mouse. This feature is undoubtedly raising alarms, especially for folks who have been on Facebook a long time and posted material that they might not be too keen on having revisited. In response to those concerns, Facebook has promised the new interface allows users to tweak your Timeline, so you can control what appears and how it is presented. Having the Timeline is not an option, however; everyone gets one, and it is up to you to override the automatic coding and customize your postings.Continued on the next page