Facebook Is Making Timeline Mandatory: Like It or Lose It?

News 2012/01/25 14:00:00
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Facebook's new Timeline format has been available since late December, but the network recently announced they'll be dropping the change on everyone. Soon. On Tuesday, Facebook posted a blog entry that read, "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 sees it."

For those who are unfamiliar with Timeline, it's mostly an organizational change. The once iconic wall will be replaced with a vertical timeline, which their friends can easily scroll through. The most controversial change, in addition to the dramatic visual shift, is the ease with which friends can now view older posts. The Associated Press is calling it "essentially a scrapbook of your whole life on Facebook." That means you -- or your friends -- might stumble on conversations with an ex, or pictures from a long-forgotten party.

But that's what the trial period is for. Users can use that time to weed out the unmentionables and prepare for a new world. It seems like a risky move for Facebook, which reported drops in its userbase for the first time last year. To get a tour of the new layout, visit Facebook's Introducing Timeline page. Or just wait a week or too and sign on to Facebook. If you want to stay up on your friends' business, you'll have to learn one way or another.

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  • Kebenzis 2012/01/25 15:29:05 (edited)
    Lose it
    Dear Facebook,

    As an addicted member of the facebook community, I have a friendly abbreviation that I hope you'll understand: K.I.S.S or Keep it Simple Stupid.

    Simplicity is the way to go, making things fancy and complicated just makes things more annoying.

    One of 5-6 or whatever billions of people who uses you.

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  • Jack 2012/01/29 13:59:51
    Lose it
    I don't like it, at all. I wish they left it the way it was a couple of changes ago.
  • flow in 2012/01/29 13:19:58
    Like it
    flow in
    in NZ, were were the first to get it. its great. pretty, easy to find stuff and will be fantastic once i'm a geriatric, reminiscing about old times.
    its easy to control what goes on it and its tons tons more visually appealing than the old pain in the arse page by page scroller. i can hop to 1978, or 2005, or where ever in seconds.
  • Untouched 2012/01/29 10:32:52
    Lose it
    idk, i saw it on other's profile but not on mine...
    but i hate when i'm old to do smth, you know? and it seems kinda blah. facebook is boring anyway.
  • thksfrthmmrs 2012/01/29 08:41:21
    Lose it
    Facebook is starting to fail or should I say failing?
  • jackd2 2012/01/29 06:02:40
    Lose it
    I hate it. FB was fine before this. Why force it on us?
  • FalconFlight 2012/01/29 04:53:48 (edited)
    Lose it
    I had already stopped using it. Why live a life and often without any self realization, that some of the classic literature of contemporary times all but foretold of a technology driven society used by politicians to control the masses and punish the "individuals" whom fail to submit?
  • Hula girl - Friends not Fol... 2012/01/29 04:40:52
    Lose it
    Hula girl - Friends not Followers
    The more they make mandatory....the less I'll be there.
  • mazes 2012/01/29 04:13:41
    Lose it
    Every time I visit a friends page that has "upgraded" to timeline I get a little angry inside. Not to mention it's actually an odd layout.
  • birdie1224 2012/01/29 03:42:48
    Lose it
    I hate it
  • opaleyes 2012/01/29 02:50:58
    Lose it
    This is stupid.
    Every single time Facebook renovates, people get angry. People don't like Facebook rearranging everything.
    And yet they still do it.
    I repeat, this is stupid.
  • eric olsen 2012/01/29 00:33:07
    I don't use Facebook
    eric olsen
    I really think facebook is kind of intrusive
  • Someone Else 2012/01/28 23:58:00
    I don't use Facebook
    Someone Else
    Not so much anymore anyway I have an account but rarely use it
  • SheLivesOnLoveStreet 2012/01/28 22:48:21
    Like it
    Meh :/
  • amy halbern 2012/01/28 22:46:22
    Lose it
    amy halbern
    Its too confusing to navigate!!
  • Pookie 2012/01/28 21:51:54
    Lose it
    I use it and all.. and it really isnt... Great. I got tired of it and it looks way to complicated to the eye. Facebook.. keep it real. Just cause its a new idea doesn't make it sensible.
  • Simmysimfreak 2012/01/28 21:11:01
    Like it
    I LOVE timeline, i got it as soon as it was available. i think its a cool way to keep track of your life, and i dont think its thats complicated in the least bit...
  • thє вlu... Simmysi... 2012/01/31 16:45:32
  • Simmysi... thє вlu... 2012/02/10 23:45:59
    well, that i guess could be a valid issue... it can get a bit disorganized if you dont keep track of it... but other then that, i think its one of the best things facebook came up with
  • Nightmusic 2012/01/28 21:04:24
  • thє вlu... Nightmusic 2012/01/29 01:45:48
  • Nightmusic thє вlu... 2012/01/29 02:16:44
  • thє вlu... Nightmusic 2012/01/29 20:12:34
  • Nightmusic thє вlu... 2012/01/30 21:42:34
    Do you hate Jews?
  • thє вlu... Nightmusic 2012/01/31 16:46:24
  • FalconF... thє вlu... 2012/01/29 04:59:09
    FU pig
  • thє вlu... FalconF... 2012/01/29 20:14:34
  • FalconF... thє вlu... 2012/01/31 00:06:54
    Sure it does. The lengths and depths that you certifiably bloodlusting SS wannabees is evidence enough.
  • thє вlu... FalconF... 2012/01/31 16:49:35 (edited)
  • FalconF... thє вlu... 2012/02/06 01:01:16
    Totally, certifiably crazy as shyt.
  • FalconF... Nightmusic 2012/01/29 04:58:57
    CIA? How about the Department of HomeLand Security (Ministry of the Interior) and the Department of selectiveJustice? Never mind the CIA.
  • thє вlu... FalconF... 2012/01/29 20:16:03
  • FalconF... thє вlu... 2012/01/31 00:05:27
    Wow, a ZOG behind every tree and under every rock. I guess you're buying up the stock of the company producing Zycron B, eh?
  • The Gov-Here to help BN362 2012/01/28 20:56:16
    I don't use Facebook
    The Gov-Here to help BN362
    Q. Why did Hitler number the Jews?
    A. Facebook hadn't been invented yet.
  • thє вlu... The Gov... 2012/01/29 20:17:09
  • Dee 2012/01/28 19:11:27
    Lose it
    The only reason Facebook is making these changes is because someone has to justify their job and those of the department they head. Looks like I'll be one of those dropping Facebook.
  • Holyhell111 2012/01/28 18:56:27
    Lose it
    i really don't like it at all it would be nice if they didn't show everyone all your dame likes and activity's that you once had them hidden from everyone. its not private no more. i had post before and i deleted them and now they are back on again. i get it once you post something on there its out there but they don't have to bring everything up to show the world. and it is way to complicated for my taste. i like the idea that you can add a cover pic thats really neat. they just might end up like myspace down the drain. lots of my friends got sucked into this timeline thing and they deleted their facebooks so idk facebook
  • Karina 2012/01/28 18:44:26
    Like it
    Honestly, I think it's more organized. It makes your profile, "yours". You can customize it, add a huge picture on top, add your favorite apps, and pages on the squares on top, and even add music. It's better to find everything.
  • kotabear 2012/01/28 18:38:13
    Lose it
    I don't like timeline very much. I like the simpler wall a lot more. But other than that, computer-impaired facebook users will be clueless and very confused!
  • Krissy 2012/01/28 18:29:07
    Lose it
  • OneLastWord 2012/01/28 17:48:10
    Lose it
    It's a loser.

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