Seriously, I didn’t want to write more about this Timeline for now, but this idea hit me hard in brain. So here we go.
As I and others have said earlier that Facebook timeline is all about stories and to touch people (your audience) emotionally. Here is what I was thinking today, other than me, who’ll be me most passionate about my story. Answer came in seconds, “my kids.”
Yes I love(d) the time when my father and/or mother tell me beautiful memories of their early life. And I know you do the same. Being human, my and yours kids are going to do the same.
Why stories are taught to us at early age? Simple answer is, this is one of the best things we love to do at that age.
So now it is been few hours (I originally wrote this post within three hours) when I watched live streaming of Facebook’s f8 conference. One of the major reasons to follow this event was, that leaving user growth behind, how Facebook is going to empower emotional connections and engagement.
And thankfully Mark Zuckerburg did not disappoint, I loved many of the new features (not sure about moving Trickr yet). But like many others what caught my eyes is Timeline.
In familiar words it is your multimedia (including updates, links, activity, photos and videos) supported Facebook Profile along with a Timeline.
As it says, it helps tell your story with a new kind of profile. So far only developers are invited to have and view others’ Timeline, but with this smart trickyou can get an early access now.Let’s dig deeper, why I believe one can get a job, build more influence and even get married with a right person using this Timeline feature?
Timeline is highly advanced form of your profile which preserve your memories and let you tell your stories in a visually-rich and carefully designed magazine form.
You can not only present your basic information in a fashionable way. But using text, photos, and apps you can also build a showcase of other important life events, like when you bought a new house, had surgery or got a license.
Also you can share important events of your career and control who see and comments on them. This is now the future of sharing.
You can also keep track of pages and friends which connected to you in a certain month.
More, while scrolling through the timeline you can add more event any time or hide an exciting one from the timeline.
Text and photos just tell a part of your story, what is left can be added by ‘Your Apps.’ Through smart social apps you can control what you are reading, listening to, or watching.
Facebook apps will add this rich media into your timeline, while you control the sharing settings. These powerful and certainly does add the left emotional part to your timeline.
For example spotify apps brings free music to Facebook, and let you share the music (not link) with your friends. Here is an introductory video from Spotify.
You can see showcase of companies, which are first to join to the Open Graph of Facebook to help you share what you read, listen or watch with your network as well as at your Timeline.Ah..
Earlier today, I was talking to my mom. I told her, I’m not just interested in what Facebook is going to announce. They don’t just build new feature for future, but they go there (in future) and find out what is the future of their technology. Then they build it.
So this has clearly confirmed my thoughts. Future of social media is not just about sharing links and feeding the wall with news and videos. It is about sharing the experience, telling the stories and feeling the emotions.Everyone of us has a story to share, and people love stories. In coming days common user of Facebook will not only be a content producer but a highly empowered story-teller and content curator.
Find more and sign up for Facebook Timeline here. If you have it already or not, tell me what you think of this massive move by Facebook. Are you excited to share your story via new Timeline?
UPDATE (April29, 2012): ThoughWordPress.com now lets you add your own twitter username when using the Tweet Button. For this you need to set up Publicize feature for Twitter. (Official message from WordPress.com here.)
NOTE: When I enabled this feature, it didn’t work at first. So I disabled and enabled again, and it worked fine for a day or two. IT HAS STOPPED WORKING AGAIN NOW.
But don’t worry.
To create your own tweet button, please go through these steps.
This button’s function include:
adds my twitter handle / username after the Post Title and URL
suggests non-followers to follow me on Twitter
shows the main website link after RT
But this will not show the tweets count.
You can test it by using the tweet button below. 😉
It is safe to assume that you already know why your company should have an active corporate blog, so rather than repeating our previous points, let’s talk about how your corporate blog should work to enhance the company’s profitability in a long run. A corporate blog is an essential communication tool for many start-ups and companies, both in U.S and in Asia.
Here are 7 tips to help you get most out of your corporate blog. These tips are gathered as I manage a corporate blog myself, run a digital consulting firm, and also through my years of experience learning and writing about how businesses interact.
I’ll not repeat what all was said in the chat, you can read that.
In short, social media sites especially Facebook, twitter and YouTube are here to stay for long. This is because they are not driven by the companies behind them but these are the users like you and me, who find value in their interactions on web.
If you are a business, remember you can not get in to the community circle by marketing tone.
With the increase of online social communities, it is the time for businesses and everyone to interact offline about their favorite thing.
Strong are the chances that people will search a lot to find about events around them. One can search for public events on LinkedIn, Facebook, Tweetup, Eventbrite, Amindo and my favorite meetup.com. But there should be something for all them and others events platform I don’t know yet. Or may be they can add the option in their current search options.
So search engines will have to consider adding this new option, who’ll do it? A new startup or an old giant?
Answer this question on Quora or here in comments. Share with friends to get more ideas.