I’ve already expressed that I really have no problem with Facebook’s Timeline feature. It humors me how there are so many people who pretend like they are strongly against it. At the end of the day, who really cares? Facebook will still be your outlet to bitch, moan, self-aggrandize and post drunk photos. The Timeline won’t change that.
I enjoy the Timeline because I like the easy accessibility to various parts of my life. If I want to go all nostalgic and see what I was up to in 2005, I can do so in a matter of seconds.
The biggest change that the Timeline has brought upon us, though, is the aesthetics of our personal Facebook page. The old format was fairly simple — a box in the corner with your photo, and then the your basic information next to it, and your entire wall below it. That was it.
But now, everything is kind of all over the place. Our personal profile photo is also smaller, and surrounding it is a giant mammoth of a space that really gives us a lot of freedom to put whatever the heck we wish there.
Initially, I noticed a lot of people were putting a landscape that they had once taken a picture of. It adds a nice contrast to your photo picture and makes your page look more inviting.
However, now that the Timeline has settled in, and more people are becoming accustomed to it, I’ve noticed that people are starting to go in a different direction. Everyone is now trying their hardest to showcase their artistic side.
Let’s face it — we all know that Facebook profiles have officially become an extension of our personalities. Whenever we meet someone, and subsequently “friend” them, we make a habit of conducting a brief examination of their Facebook page. In about a two or three-minute span, we will look at their profile pictures, recent photos, recent Facebook statuses, and the last couple people who posted on their wall. Not only that, but we will check to see how often these things occur. In that brief investigation, we will draw a number of conclusions on that person.
Well, what better way to portray yourself then by a photo? Given the enormous size of the “cover” photo, we know that it is the first thing that people will notice when they access our pages.
So now I have seen plenty of people post some overly artistic photo that attempts to show off their creativity as a means of promoting their colorful personalities.
By artistic, I mean that people have been posting vivid silhouettes of the setting sun over a building, or blurred out images of them running on a beach, or wide-angle shots of them lying in the grass. It’s like everyone thinks they are Claude freaking Monet.
In fact, I truly believe its gotten to the point where people are thinking in terms of Timeline photos when they are out and about. One may notice a particularly pleasant-looking scene, and decide that this could make for a quality cover photo. So they’ll not only ask their friend to take a photo, but they’ll make sure they stand somewhere and hold a facial expression that makes it seem like they are completely oblivious that a photo is actually being taken.
Trust me. You’re fooling no one.
In fact, the reason I am so firmly aware of this phenomena is because I am guilty of it myself. I was in Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Sunday, and I made my friend snatch a photo.
Don’t tell me that’s not a great picture.
Everyone likes to think that they have some type of innate artistic gift inside of them, and that they can use it to impress people. But, even though everybody thinks this, most people do not. If you are on drugs than perhaps it is a different story, but for the most part, all of us see things simply for what they are — and nothing else.
The point is, I don’t go to your Timeline page to see some landscape shot of a meadow. I’m going there because I want to see what you look like. If I want to know what a plant looks like, I’ll look out my window.
I get that you want to be artsy, I get that you want to stand out (or dare I say it, be quirky), but, if you want to do that, then go to art school. Go to art school and watch your career amount to nothing because, come on, it’s art school.
I don’t think that Mark Zuckerberg predicted — when he instituted the Timeline and thought of adding cover photos — that he was encouraging everyone to seek their inner Picasso. A rare error in foresight for Mark.
And, again, trust me. When guys look for certain qualities in girls — artistic abilities does not top the priorities list.