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Life Story: Spokeo’s Famous Person Timeline

Written by January 27, 2012

By now you may have heard that Facebook will be switching all profiles over to their “Timeline” view in the coming weeks. It’s a big change, and, like every other big change on Facebook, one that’s guaranteed to draw the ire of tons of users (until they get used to the feature and forget about it in 2 weeks, of course).

The idea behind Timeline is simple: Facebook basically arranges all of your posts, comments, uploads, and likes chronologically from the day you joined. This allows your friends to easily navigate an approximation of your ‘life story,’ from your birth to your graduation from college to your momentous decision to Like Jolly Ranchers on July 10th, 2009. Whatever you think of the mandatory change, Timeline aims to provide users with a better way to preserve memories and share more of their story beyond the most recent update and wall post.

The idea is ingenious in its own way, but I don’t think you can call it ‘new’; after all, we were sorta there first! If you’ve spent any time on Spokeo browsing celebrities through our awesome, new Famous People search feature (introduced last month), you may have noticed our timeline feature that arranges key events in the life of the celeb chronologically in a fun, informative format. These celeb timelines, like the rest of a Spokeo Famous Person profile, are assembled entirely by our complex algorithms. These algorithms scour a huge mass of celeb-related data and ‘determine’ key events in their lives: marriages, award nominations, the release of an album, a stay in the State pen – important milestones in the life of an individual.

Let’s say you want to know a little more about that Justin Bieber fellow you’ve been hearing so much about: Where the heck did he come from? Why is he on every television screen and magazine cover in America? Why is his hair like that? All valid questions. Simply enter the mop-topped little scamp’s name into Spokeo and look for the handy timeline (located under “News) and you’ll be a Bieber savant in a matter of seconds. It’s a quick and easy way to get the scoop on the story of your favorite celeb, without having to read a long block of text on Wikipedia. Not only that, but you’ll have access to the largest free database of celeb photos on the web, along with videos, news and more. Try it today!

Spokeo Justin Bieber

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