Facebook Timeline Began As An Overnight Hack Built By Four People

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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.

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