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Blog posts tagged 'Timeline'

Paul TarjanWeb hacker at Facebook

Under the Hood: Timeline apps behind Facebook engineering

Posted about 5 years ago
blog post · Web · Infra · Data · Culture · Open Source · Timeline

A big part of working at Facebook is dogfooding our own products. Before new features roll out to the public, our team uses them frequently and thoroughly to figure out what we can do better. So when we started building Open Graph, we were all eager to give Open Graph apps a test run by creating our own and making the internal tools we were already using more social. Here's a look at some of our favorite in-house Facebook Open Graph apps for work and play, and what we've learned along the way that can help you, too. Read more...

Raylene YungEngineering

From News Feed to Timeline: Q&A with Raylene Yung

Posted about 6 years ago
blog post · Web · Infra · Culture · News Feed · Security · Timeline · Recruiting

Raylene Yung joined Facebook right out of school in 2009 and went to work on the News Feed team. After two years on News Feed, she worked on the Timeline, Friend Lists, and privacy teams. Read on to learn about the history of News Feed stories, how Raylene thinks about sharing on Facebook, and her recent transition into an engineering manager role. Read more...

Mick JohnsonDirector, Product Management at Facebook

Under the Hood: Mobile Timeline

Posted about 6 years ago
blog post · Data · Infra · Mobile · Timeline

Completely rewriting one of the fundamental pages of mobile Facebook was a huge engineering task – and required a lot of design work to get a model that would scale to all the interfaces we needed to support. All the stories needed to be re-implemented for mobile, with new designs to suit smaller viewports, different styling to match the capabilities of different devices, browsers and platforms, and additional interactions unique to touch devices to help navigate all of the new content. Fortunately the back-end work handled both mobile and desktop just fine, and by f8 in September we had completely designed and built working versions of all the stories, tabs and interactions. We’d been working round the clock in Palo Alto and Seattle for months, so to finally watch mobile Timeline scroll smoothly up the screen during the keynote was an amazing feeling. Read more...

Ryan MackEngineering

Building Timeline: Scaling up to hold your life story

Posted about 6 years ago
blog post · Data · Infra · Web · Timeline · User Experience

Timeline isn’t just a bold new look for Facebook­—it’s also the product of a remarkably ambitious engineering effort. While our earlier profile pages surfaced a few days or weeks of activity, from the onset we knew that with Timeline we had to think in terms of years and even decades. At a high level we needed to scan, aggregate, and rank posts, shares, photos and check-ins to surface the most significant events over years of Facebook activity. Read more...

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