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The Timeline in Quotes

Posted on 3 October, 2011 by Ellie Brecunier

There is much ado flying around the web about Facebook’s new Timeline feature. A colleague of mine skimmed an article I sent him about it and responded with the following quote from the text:

“For some users, it might even serve as a personal demonstration of why life is worth living.” - Charlie White

This is a striking comment, one which made me stop, pause, and wrestle with for a few minutes. I decided to have a look and find what others are saying about the feature. So for this post, I’ve listed some of the quotes about Facebook Timeline that I came across. Read them through and tell me what you think in the comments section, or add a quote of your own as you come across them.

Here we go:

“Zuckerberg wants Facebook to devour and digest the world, using your life events as its nutrients, the existential feces left behind fertilizing a high resolution, pristine Timeline. His appetite’s only going to grow—the question is if you’ll enjoy dining with him. The answer ought to be yes. Timeline is an enormous leap for social networking per se, and an invaluably illuminating testament to what humans are making themselves every day. It’s exciting, comforting, and friendly. Timeline is you.” - Sam Biddle

 “Share and highlight your most memorable posts, photos and life events on your timeline. This is where you can tell your story from beginning, to middle, to now.” - Facebook

“The more work you put in, the more amazingly furnished with yourself Timeline becomes.” - Sam Biddle

“If important parts of your story aren’t included on your timeline, you can go back to when they happened and add them. Or go to your private activity log. This is where you’ll find everything you shared since you joined Facebook. Click on any post to feature it on your timeline so your friends can see it, too.” - Samuel W. Lessin

“If the notion of the digitized self pleases you, Facebook is your best new altar.” - Sam Biddle

“It’s a way to show off who you are, what you do and where you’ve been.” - Ben Parr

“But what I find most abhorrent is this change in direction the company is heading down. Facebook has changed the rules on what the site truly represents. It would be like a private dating website becoming a public web directory of lonely people, and marketing itself as such. Facebook’s company ethos, however, reflects in these changes. The social network is now more than just about keeping in touch, or the original ‘face-book’ of high-school photos. It is now clear that Facebook wants its 800 million strong user base to document their lives, from start to present, on the site.” -Zack Whittaker

“In fact, the brand benefits of Timeline could be huge, and will let companies tell a more engaging and authentic story.” - Zeny Huang

“Now Real Zuck’s lept beyond beer pong: your entire existence, Facebook-ified. It’s terrifyingly amazing.” - Sam Biddle

“Think about it — perhaps this Timeline format will be an iconic beginning to a new way to remember people.” - Charlie White

These quotes definitely gave me something to contemplate. It amazed me how our lives from this perspective can be reduced to a computer generated bundle or a painting of web history and activity. I know that God has called us to far more than that; to an authentic and full life through our Savior Jesus Christ. We are to be reflections of Him, and that should be our mark in this world, not some shallow profile on the internet.

If Timeline is what’s making life worth living for people, then we’re not doing our job.

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