Msg#: 4412768 posted 6:06 pm on Jan 31, 2012 (gmt 0)
I've seen a few Facebook Timeline pages and I have to admit, it looks awful.
I chose not to convert over when it was being tested, and now it's coming to all of us [webmasterworld.com] whether we like it or not. I suppose it'll take time to get used to it, but it doesn't mean i'll like it.
One day i'll wake up to the seven-day window where I can edit the information that I wish wasn't there. It'll be one of the first things i'll do.
Second thing i'll do is to go an check the privacy settings. I'm pretty sure I have it buttoned down tight, but, it doesn't hurt to double-check.
This such a significant change I wonder what effect it'll have on FB traffic patterns. Since the beta stage i'm sure FB has been able to monitor the results and it would have thrown up some red flags.
I still don't like it, but, as I haven't paid FB anything for it, it's difficult to object.
I just need to keep in mind that it's FB, and most other social services, that need users to make money, and there are a lot of failures on the way. Myspace being one of the highest profile failures.
Msg#: 4412768 posted 6:56 am on Apr 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
From what I've experienced so far it seems like the entire point of Timeline is to get businesses to spend more money on advertising by hiding what people post on non-personal pages.
When you post on another page, your post is hidden unless someone clicks on the little compressed box on the right side of the page. When other people post on your (non-personal) page it just gets put in a little one liner on the right of the page. It seems like this provides less incentive for people to post on a page (other than commenting on what the page owner posts) and encourages less communication and interaction on pages.
The net result seems like less visibility for everyone anywhere but on their own page. If you want more "likes" or visibility you have to advertise or spend a lot more time trying to get other pages to post your photo or story on their page so people will discover your page.
The dual column setup also makes most images look horrible since people don't generally take square photos.
There should be an option to adjust the way photos are displayed as well as an option to change the way posts from anyone other than the page owner are displayed on the page.