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What's next: Facebook timeline
Disclaimer: I'm a fan of Facebook Timeline.
Until now, Facebook profile pages were pretty dull and standardized. No layout customization was allowed, which I understand and, in fact, I'm grateful to Facebook for that.
But there was a downside to that protection of Facebook users visual sanity. It was really hard to leave an impression of yourself on your page, as you were limited to the profile pic (and the photo strip at the top, for those who had the wits to master it) and also the content you published was lost on an "infinite" wall.
Timeline solved those issues. With the cover pic, you now have a canvas that you can use to tell everyone, upfront, a bit of who you are, what you're using Facebook for, or how you're feeling: you're funny, you're here for doing business, you're feeling nostalgic, you're a geek, you don't give a dam about Timeline.
As I work on the Social Media business I was eager to start playing with the cover pic as soon as it came out. I wanted it to tell something about who I am, so I tried to put some humor on it, but also something creative and unique. I guess it did the job. "Inception" way.
Another great new feature is the way you can now browse through all someone's stories on Facebook. Or just remember your own activity. There's so many great stuff you've published, wouldn't it be a waste if would never find it again?
Yes, there are some details that need to be worked on, but they've just changed the entire philosophy of the way you interact with someone's profile page. They may deserve a break and a thumbs up.