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Good times with ‘timeline’

March 1, 2012 - Nikki Younk
In preparation for a Daily News story about Facebook’s new timeline feature, which will soon be mandatory for all users, I recently switched my own Facebook account over to timeline. I figured that to understand the timeline, you must become one with the timeline.

My first impressions of timeline were, in order:

1) It takes forever for the content to load. I’ve accessed it on multiple computers, so I’m pretty sure it’s a universal issue. There’s just way too much information to display.

2) Wow, timeline really does display all of your past activities in an easy-to-view manner.

3) Oh dear, I need to do some deleting.

So, yeah. I’ve been spending a lot of time going through old status updates, wall posts, photos, videos, notes, etc., etc., etc. Almost six years of activity. While going over all of this information, I’ve come to a few realizations:

— I used to be exactly the type of Facebook-er I now despise — the type who fishes for sympathy. We all know at least one of these people. They post vague status updates about being upset ... “Nikki is soooo glad she knows who her REAL friends are” “Nikki really needs a friend right now” “I hate my life” ... in hopes that someone will ask for details. Then, the sympathy fishers have the green light to vent all of their personal problems in the public arena of Facebook. Not very dignified. Not very cool. Shame on you, Nikki.

— I’ve lost touch with far too many friends and acquaintances. When I first set up my Facebook account in 2006, almost all of my Facebook friends were college buddies and co-workers at the dorm cafeteria in which I worked. These people contributed the majority of my wall posts in 2006, 2007, and even into 2008. After that, posts from these people became fewer and far between, until they ultimately came to a halt. Sadly, people just grow apart. I miss you guys!

— My friends and family members are some of the funniest people around. I hope they keep bringin’ the lulz for years to come.



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