Facebook’s new Timeline makes it easy to delete your past.
By Farhad Manjoo|Posted Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at 6:07 PM ET
Beautiful isn’t a word we normally associate with Facebook changes. When the social network adds something new—hey, look, Facebook will tell your friends everything you play on Spotify!—the best that we can typically hope for is to avoid annoyance or embarrassment.
But Timeline, the new profile design that the site turned on last week, is really, truly beautiful. Timeline renders everything you’ve ever posted to Facebook in a clean, well-organized layout, producing something like a glossy magazine treatment of your social-networking life. It’s also quite smart. Though Timeline gives you many ways to control how different items appear on your page, it did a good job of finding and highlighting the most worthy events in my life automatically (my wedding, for instance).
Facebook Timeline: The social network’s new profile design makes it easy to delete your past. - Slate Magazine