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Facebook's Timeline Embraced by Obama

While his leading GOP challengers are critical of just about everything the president has done, they will have to follow his Timeline

Facebook's Timeline feature is getting a plug from President Barack Obama.

Obama converted his Facebook home page to Timeline on Thursday after Facebook extended the feature as an option for branded home pages. The social network has been converting its consumers' home pages to Timeline since January.

Obama posted a bar chart on his new home page of net jobs created from 2007 to the present.

Along the side of the bar chart, as is standard with the Timeline format, is a column of dates that you can click on to see events in the president's life during those years. Clicking on "born," for example, displays a coffee cup with a facsimile of Obama’s birth certificate on it, an obvious poke at the contingent of Americans who have questioned whether Obama was born in the U.S. Courts have consistently rejected legal challenges to Obama's right to be president.

Other events on the president's Timeline include his moving to live with his grandparents in Hawaii in 1971, his first job behind the counter at a Baskin-Robbins in 1978, and his marriage to Michelle Obama in 1992.

Leading Republican contenders Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum haven't embraced Timeline yet.

Romney's home page has a custom look to it with a set of tabs -- Featured, Latest, Mitt on the Road and Stand with Mitt -- over an online video titled "In America: Anything Is Possible."

Santorum's home page is all about fundraising or campaigning, with links for creating your own fundraising page for the candidate, volunteering for the campaign, making phone calls from home for the campaign and downloading campaign literature to pass out to friends, neighbors and strangers.

While Romney and Santorum are critical of just about everything Obama has done while in office, they will have to follow his lead to Timeline at the end of the month when Facebook forces them and the rest of its business users to adopt the mandatory redesign of their home pages.

Follow freelance technology writer John P. Mello Jr. and Today@PCWorld on Twitter.

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