Facebook Timeline: You’re Getting It, Like It Or Not

    January 24, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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Facebook announced today that they will begin shoving the timeline down users’ throats. It’s being pushed to everyone over the next few weeks, and once you get it you have a week to make it presentable.

From the Facebook blog:

Last year we introduced timeline, a new kind of profile that lets you highlight the photos, posts and life events that help you tell your story. Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline. When you get timeline, you’ll have 7 days to preview what’s there now. This gives you a chance to add or hide whatever you want before anyone else see’s it.

You can learn more about these new features by taking the quick tour available at the top of your timeline. If you want to get timeline now, go to the Introducing Timeline page and click “Get Timeline.” Or you can wait until you see an announcement at the top of your home page.

This came as an update to a previous blog post. On December 15th, 2011, Facebook announced that Timeline was available to everyone and would become mandatory soon. Now is that time.

Personally, I kind of like the new Facebook Timeline. I think it’s a much-needed update to the tired old profile design that users have seen for a while now. But not everyone shares my opinion, and plenty of users have been vocal in their displeasure. When Timeline went live for all users (by choice), scam groups popped up on Facebook offering to deactivate the Timeline. Thousands of users liked the pages, only to find that they had just opened their profile up to malicious, spammy apps.

Plus, privacy groups have made it clear that they think the Timeline feature is a violation of Facebook’s privacy policy as determined by a recent FTC settlement.

Nevertheless, it’s coming. And once it hits your profile, you have a week to hide all those “freshman 15″ photos from 2005 and promote all of those witty statuses you made last year.

What do you think about the Facebook Timeline? Let us know in the comments.

  • Scott

    If I want everyone to see every picture on my page I would put them out there. I will no loner be using Facebook after this change. You want to force every change you make on this site down our throats. We should have a choice, if we can not, I’m done with Facebook. It has been a fun time!

    • steve w

      but..haven’t you “put them out there” already?! this update isn’t mysteriously showing the world secret new photos of you, it’s all stuff that was there already.
      next few weeks are gonna be fun, Facebook filled with silly comments like this..

    • http://goldchart.biz Anton

      Scot, you should leave fb earlier :-) Now they have all your private info,pix etc …. :-)
      Facebook is a big database of stolen private data, I red at
      http://www.anti-socnet.com some terrible things about “social neworks”.

  • http://www.moxby.org.uk/ Martin Oxby

    Surely in today’s era of personlisation, users should be able to choose whether they go for the timeline or not? I personally find it quite confusing and I also wonder how many people this will put off Facebook or go to delete a lot of back-dated stuff.

    I think this is a feature that should have remained an option and I don’t see how FB will benefit from it or why they believe that people not having the choice is somehow better for them.

    Rant over.

  • https://apps.facebook.com/timeline_covers Dat

    there’s a facebook app that provides covers and cover creation tools for your timeline. the link is https://apps.facebook.com/timeline_covers?mnd

  • Candace

    Facebook, once they force this crappy timeline on us, will become a thing of the past. EVERYONE I know will be deactiviting their accounts. Forcing this crap on us is unacceptable. Facebook and Mark are about to learn something about us…we don’t like you making us have something that should be an option.

  • http://www.computertalkforum.com/discuss Computer Talk Forum

    I’ve left FB some time ago, the amount of personal information they throw at you (others’ information) just seems inappropriate to me. Now everything can be accessed in a snapshot! No thanks

  • Rowan

    I still have no idea what the Facebook timeline means for me, and I’m supposed to be a social media marketing expert. I guess I just couldn’t be bothered figuring out what it was. I’m more interested in my facebook-welcome-page/” rel=”nofollow”>Facebook welcome page”

  • patriciawells

    I have had the facebook timeline for a few weeks now, and I am very pleased….in fact I am loving it!

  • Moe

    Why is facebook trying to shove timeline down our throats. WE DON’T LIKE IT!! The moment that timeline becomes mandatory, I am tapping out of facebook.

  • Helen

    TIMELINE SUCKS. that is all.