Facebook Timeline review: beautiful, compelling showcase for human lives
I'm drawn into the beauty of Facebook Timeline's design. I'm impressed by how well it showcases photographs. I'm relieved to be freed from the rigid display of the long column of updates on the old version.
It's a bit more chaotic and that little bit of chaos is an invitation to be creative. As a way of chronicling a human life, it's genius. It's power is that it will draw us in even more, in many cases, despite ourselves. Quietly persuading us to give over ownership of our most precious photographs, emotions and memories.
Where this takes us is impossible to predict. We may wish to rebel against the centralization or the quiet trade-off of privacy that use of Facebook requires, but meanwhile, most of us will be drawn in to building communities on Facebook even as we resist. We will continue to be participants, despite ourselves on Facebook, taking advantage of the worlds it continues to open to us.