Facebook users have a love-hate relationship with Facebook Timeline, which encourages users to share their life story in photos and milestones. So where does French President Nicolas Sarkozy fall on the amour-haine spectrum? J'adore, it seems, as Sarkozy has enabled Timeline on his profile.
Sarkozy's Timeline page has has just under 5,000 followers. It lists his occupation as "President of France" and his cover photo shows the president grinning widely with others at a public event. In French, the photo reads "I've had from an early age the pride of belonging to a great, ancient and beautiful nation: France."
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In Timeline, users can mark life "milestones." For most, milestones are a baby's birth or college graduation. But Sarkozy is using milestones to prominently show achievements he's made in office, including reconciliation with Rwanda or helping earthquake-ravaged Haiti. He also marks celebration of French holidays or national achievements, such as France's selection as host of the UEFA Euro soccer tournament.
Sarkozy's team capitalized on Timeline's photo-friendly design. Scrolling through the president's Timeline reveals pictures of Sarkozy at a nuclear power plant, a classroom, a diplomatic meeting and other public events. All of Sarkozy's milestones have images attached, allowing visitors an eye-pleasing romp through his nearly five-year term.
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Facebook is glad to have Sarkozy using Timeline.
"Anyone can create a presence on Facebook and we are always pleased to see prominent figures including politicians use our platform to connect with people," says Andrew Noyes, manager of Facebook's public policy communications.
Sarkozy joins an increasing list of public figures using Timeline, including media mogul Arianna Huffington and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. In case you were wondering, President Obama doesn't use Timeline.
What do you think of President Sarkozy's Facebook Timeline? Sound off in the comments below.
BONUS: How To Fill In Your Facebook Timeline
1. The Timeline Menu Bar
As you scroll down your new Timeline, a floating menu bar will appear at the top of your screen. Use it to add new events.
Image courtesy of the Government of France
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