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[ Update 12/15/2011 : Facebook Timeline is now available to all Facebook users. Learn more about the global Timeline rollout for web , as well as Timeline for iPhone , mobile web and Android . To enable Timeline for your profile, visit http://www.facebook.com/about/timeline ]
Editor’s note : Facebook timelines are only the beginning. In this guest post, Jim Pitkow and Adrian Aoun sketch out what timelines could look like if they applied to everything. Auon is the CEO of stealth startup Wavii , which is working on a subset of the problems outlined below, and Pitkow is an advisor.
Because Facebook Timeline is rolling out to the public in the coming weeks, Facebook brought in press last week to do a “deep dive” on this new visual way of organizing our online social lives. Because I (surprisingly) fit the “press” designation I sat down with the person primarily responsible for the Facebook Timeline, Facebook Product Manager and Drop.io co-founder Sam Lessin , as well as Facebook’s Michael Kirkland last week. We went through every possible question I had about Timeline, except for maybe, “Why doesn’t Facebook think people will be hesitant to express negative events, like the death of a family member, on Facebook Timeline?.” (I honestly didn’t think about it at the time, but I think the answer would probably be that eventually we’ll get used to expressing all milestones, whether negative or positive, through social media.) Because I find this kind of stuff fascinating, here is the entire interview above.