30th January 2012 UPDATE: Facebook has confirmed it is making the move to Timeline compulsory to ALL members in the next few weeks. Facebook Timeline will be being pushed out to ALL Facebook members in the upcoming weeks via a notification update. Once it’s ready, you’ll see the notice at the top of your old profile. Your timeline is your collection of the photos, stories, and experiences that tell your story. You will be able to add a cover; edit your basic info; jump to the past; view your activity log; see highlights from each month; star stories you want to highlight; add life events; update your status; view and add photos and share your app activity.
Facebook Timeline is available for your regular browser and Android and mobile web versions right now, but if you want to wait for the notification update you can. I’d like to warn users that if you decide to activate Timeline, you will have no option to return to the old version after 7 days. A quick glance at the privacy settings and it’s plain to see that the ability to switch off Timeline is missing. I’m also not sure right now whether all Facebook members will be forced to switch to Timeline, but somehow I think we will all not have much choice. I’ve glanced the Help Centre and haven’t as yet found an entry for switching off the Timeline. I therefore suspect we will have to move to Timeline in time – no pun intended! TIP UPDATE: If you don’t want to use Timeline you could consider reverting to Internet Explorer 7. 🙂
Timeline Activity Log
One feature that really interested me was ‘view your activity log’. This allows you to easily control/manage your Timeline on a month by month basis (including history) – a very useful feature. You can adjust the privacy of your posts, and see settings for posts created by your friends. Additionally and most important for me was the ability (and much easier than before) to hide, allow or feature a story on my timeline.
Useful privacy feature: If you want to limit who sees your Timeline (see note below), you can do so by doing the following:
- Go to Privacy settings
- Look for ‘Limit the Audience for Past Posts’ – click ‘Manage Past Post Visibility’
- Click ‘Limit Old Posts’
- Note: Content you have shared with friends of friends or Public will now change to friends.
First impressions of Timeline are, I can see some people really taking to this but alas there will be the obvious privacy concerns for others. My suggestion given Timeline goes right back to when you first posted (and the new layout will make people even more inquisitive), is to remove any stories/posts you don’t want people to see before you publish your Timeline (you will have 7 days to make sure everything is in order). If you don’t like Timeline I’d suggest you permanently delete your Facebook account right away (see earlier comment on moving to Timeline). Timeline goes way back to when you first joined Facebook, so be patient and check/delete every post and story – you don’t want anything to come back to haunt you. TIP: Facebook Report Abuse or Policy Violations
Safe surfing folks!