That Horrible Thing They Did to Your Facepage Started With Four Guys and a Hackathon

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If you are anything like Betabeat, you cover your eyes every time you’re forced to confront your new Timeline-ified Facebook profile. No, Facebook! Why? Things are all askew chronologically, zig-zagging this way and that. We’re convinced fewer people actually see what you post because of the layout, stalking others is less linear, smartphone photos can’t stand up to the larger display format, and . . . and . . . well change is bad, okay. No “like” for Timeline.

So it comes as a particular slight to know that this discomforting development was cooked up by just four people in one (regrettable) night:

“Timeline started as a Hackathon project in late 2010 with two full-time engineers, an engineering intern, and a designer building a working demo in a single night. The full team ramped up in early 2011, and the development team was split into design, front-end engineering, infrastructure engineering, and data migrations. By doing staged and layered prototyping, we achieved an amazing amount of development parallelism and rarely was any part of the team blocked by another.”

An intern! No wonder.


  1. TANYA WHITE says:

    If you hate Facebook TImeline and want it gone from your profile,  there is a genuine method to get the old profile pages back. Facebook have delibarately omitted to make Timeline work with Internet Explorer 7. If you view Timeline pages with Internet Explorer 7 (or set your existing browser to pretend its IE7), you will see the old style profile pages instead.

    Theres a guide to setting up your browser to pretend its IE7 and thus disable Facebook Timeline here:

  2. A hackathon, a hacker neologism, is an event when programmers meet to do collaborative computer programming.
    The spirit of a hackathon is to collaboratively build programs and
    applications. Hackathons are typically between several days and a week
    in length. A hackathon refers not simply to one time hacks, but to a
    specific time when many people come together to hack on what they want
    to, how they want to – with little to no restrictions on direction or
    goal of the programming.