I am a fan of the new Facebook layout.
The visual display of Timeline makes perfect sense to me. I’ve always been open to change, though, which is something that few people can relate to. For instance, when Twitter and Gmail provided users with the opportunity to switch over to the new layout, I jumped on it. It’s better to become accustomed to the new format before you’re forced to succumb to it. Right? Right. People were complaining about the official change after I had already accepted it. (in my experience, change is GOOD. Get over yourself; this is the 21st-freaking-century.) Facebook’s Timeline is the same situation. Facebook has finally adapted to a visual trend. To ignore this update is pretty nonsensical.
The only issue I have is that Facebook refuses to enforce it for users. How long is Timeline going to be a preference? The deadline was set, then moved back, then moved back again. Once brands are forced to convert (at the end of the month, allegedly), the majority of Facebook users will be unfamiliar with the layout. Users are already protesting it. As someone who controls the Facebook page of a couple of brands, I am hesitant to switch over prematurely because I know that users will reject Timeline.
I wish Facebook would just stick to its guts, because if users were already comfortable maneuvering the new Timeline structure, brand pages wouldn’t be such a big deal. And believe me, if you just give it a chance, you’ll find that the layout is structured very well.
Thanks for reading.