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Initial reaction to Facebook's Timeline unexpectedly positive

September 22, 2011 | 11:42 am

Immediate reaction to Mark Zuckerberg's announcement that Facebook is planning to overhaul its  profile page with a new feature called Timeline has been, unexpectedly, positive.

In a live feed from the Facebook F8 Developers Conference, Ben Parr, editor at large for Mashable, wrote, "So I got a quick look at the new Facebook Profiles yesterday, and I was impressed. But that's not the biggest thing coming out of f8 today."

Timeline will make Facebook's profile page a historical record of sorts of what has been shared by a user and deemed most important by that user, Zuckerberg explained. It will make the page more visual and will allow a user to highlight moments throughout his or her life, rather than just what happened five minutes ago.

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The so-called cover photo is featured at top to showcase a user's interests or passion, with the profile picture below that.

Sure, it sounds good, but Facebook users tend to like their Facebook exactly how it is, thank you very much, and -- as has been evident in recent days -- voice their displeasure loudly, which is why the general positive reaction may feel surprising.

Liveblogging the conference for, Jennifer Van Grove wrote, "Wow, this is really different." And "Timeline looks great on mobile too."

There were naysayers, of course.

In the stream of commenters watching the F8 conference on a livestream, the concern mostly had to do with stalkers.


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Photo: Mark Zuckerberg discusses Facebook's new features at the F8 Developers Conference. Credit: Screengrab from