This article by Suse Cairns is an interesting take on Facebook’s new Timeline, but I was thinking about it in a slightly different way: did Facebook Timeline just pawn all of the Content Management Systems (EMu, TMS, Past perfect, etc.) and the new Mellon projects, Collectionspace & Conservationspace?
Here’s a video that describes Facebook Timeline.
It would be great if museums could harness this kind of thinking and use it for collections management systems …. Seriously, what if museums had a Facebook for their artworks? That kind of easy functionality and interface would make things a heck of a lot easier.
In this way we could keep a Timeline of everything that happens to them: when they are made, exhibited, broken, repaired, installed, loaned, de-accesioned, etc.
If only I knew computer magic and had a little free time, I just make the program this afternoon ….