April 6, 2012 -- Updated 1840 GMT (0240 HKT) | Filed under: Social Media
"Disclaimer: I'm a fan of Facebook Timeline," writes Rudolfo Nobre of Lisbon, Portugal. He works in digital marketing and social media, so he says he was "eager to start playing with the cover pic as soon as it came out." He describes his image as sort of like the film "Inception" -- a picture of himself holding up a picture of himself holding up another picture of himself. Nobre says he appreciated Facebook's previous visual simplicity but likes Timeline as well: "With the cover pic, you now have a canvas that you can use to tell everyone, upfront, a bit of who you are, what you're using Facebook for, or how you're feeling."
Fabio Pisano, a graphic designer from Milan, Italy, also created a kind of never-ending chain of him holding a photo of himself holding a photo of himself. The 26-year-old, who uses a different last name on Facebook, says he likes the new layout "because with my cover I have the opportunity to express my creativity."
Timeline reminds Emanuele Bartolomucci of Apple's interface so the Modena, Italy, resident decided to make over his profile, OS X style. "The Timeline interface reminded me in some ways ... of Time Machine in Mac OS X, a visual, gorgeous way to navigate back in time and bring to life the various stages of our lives. So, being an Apple fan, I tried to kind of merge these two features in an Apple-ish image that reminds one of their ads when a major product rolls out," he says.
Patrick Duffy of Atlanta decided to re-create Michelangelo's fresco "The Creation of Adam" for his cover photo. He combined an image of the famous painting with a photo he shot of one of his hands, putting himself in Adam's place. "I was resistant to (Timeline) at first," Duffy says, "but I've seen so many changes over the years in Facebook that I realize people are just resistant to change, we will get over it quickly. I have actually found great uses of the Timeline so far. ... It makes it easier to locate certain updates you made in the past or photos."
Lawson Hembree's cover photo is ever-changing -- because it's a QR code! Hembree, who lives in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, cleverly made his cover photo into a thought bubble extending from his profile picture, with the QR code inside the bubble. He links it to different content every week.
Marty McGuire's cover photo is his "Timeline within a Timeline." It's a series of images of him from childhood until the present day. He says he really likes the new format: "It's a digital scrapbook and makes it easier for me to browse past events." But the Allentown, Pennsylvania, resident says he's skeptical about one thing: "I wonder, though, if anyone browses my own Timeline, or just keeps up with me using the Newsfeed."
Andrew Grojean of Kirksville, Missouri, says he loves Timeline and switched to it as soon as it was available. But he knows a lot of people don't feel the same way. "So I tried to think of a way that people could protest the change without quitting Facebook. That's where my vintage or 'old school' cover photo design comes in," he says. Grojean styled his cover image to look exactly like his old profile. He says he was hoping to make other users do a double take.
"I'm probably one of the few people who liked the Facebook Timeline immediately," says Antonio Fadda of Sassari, Italy. "Sure, at first sight it may look confusing, but it took me just a little to get used to it." The new square profile picture made him think of a passport photo, he says, so that's the theme he used for his cover photo.