Translating Viget’s History to Facebook Timeline
Anjali McKenzie, Former UX Researcher
Recently, I took on the task of updating our Viget Facebook account to the new Timeline layout. Now, I don’t just mean clicking the “Get Timeline Now” button, but actually using it to its fullest potential by updating it with various facts, photos, and videos from our company’s history. What I initially expected to be a tedious, content-gathering chore turned out to be quite an informative and even enjoyable little project.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been consulting with various folks across the company from co-founders, Brian and Andy, to Cindy, our first employee (whom I’ve now classified as our Resident Historian since she either remembers or has access to information about almost anything from Viget’s past), to Jason, who more recently helped start our Boulder office. I stumbled upon hilarious photos from TTT events going way back, heard stories about previous employees, and got a chance to flip through binders of our old internal weekly Lab Reports (updates on projects, sales, and other Viget info).
In the end, I was able to capture Viget’s history in a visually-compelling timeline and showcase how Viget has changed and grown both professionally and as a family over the last 12 years. All of this without having to worry about finding design or development resources.
A lot of organizations have switched to the Timeline, but have chosen not to backdate it with information from the past. I’d encourage those of you who have already switched over or those who are still thinking about it to explore your company’s history and put some time into piecing together a complete timeline -- you won’t be disappointed with the journey or the result. In the meantime, check out our Facebook Timeline and feel free to tell us what you think!