The new Facebook Timeline began in late 2010 as a Hackathon project, an engineer at the company revealed today.
It only took one night for two full-time engineers, an intern, and a designer to built a demo in one night.
That goes to show how Facebook’s startup culture helps the company come up with new ideas and build them quickly.
Then in early 2011 a team of designers, engineers, and data folks worked together for six months to create the Timeline.
Ryan Mack, an infrastructure engineer at Facebook, wrote on the Facebook blog:
“In retrospect, that’s pretty crazy. We had to move a lot of mountains to go from the initial infrastructure review meeting to successfully turning on the 100% backend load test in just six months. Done another way, this project could have taken twice as long – and that’s being generous.”
If you’ve upgraded your Facebook page to the new Timeline, you may not realise that the engineering work that went on to give your profile a major make-over was pretty data intensive. If you want the details of the data and engineering work that went into Timeline, check it out on the Facebook blog.