Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Facebook to force all users to use new "Timeline" profile





In the next couple of weeks, regardless if you like it or not, you and every other facebook user will be required to use their new "Timeline" profile. The idea behind it is to be a visually appealing story of your life. Or as facebook says:

"Tell your life story with a new kind of profile."

If you opt in before its required you get a 7 day period to review it and make sure its nice and accurate. However, if you choose to not "opt in" you will automatically still be forced to used it, but without that 7 day period of preview.

Is it right to force a feature?

According to The Heat Mag

"a survey of 4,000 Facebook users has revealed that just 8% said they liked the change. The survey, which was carried out by security form Sophos, also found that 51 per cent of those polled said they were ‘worried’ by the new feature. Just 8% said they would ‘get used to it’. The Timeline feature has been voluntary up until now."




A lot of people are saying that it will become easier for others to dig into your past and find information, and if you don't go into your privacy settings anyone including your boss can see your life. They will be able to go to a specific year like 2010 and see everything you did on facebook including likes and status updates.

But is this really a problem form a job point of view? Yes, many employers say they use facebook to vet certain potential employees before they are hired. And a lot of you guys may already know that people have even been fired over stuff their boss finds on their profile. Including teachers losing their jobs over pictures.

If you want to prevent this you better go into your privacy settings and configure it before the changed roll out. And make sure to make your timeline look the way YOU want it. There is still time.

Alternatively you can just quit facebook and go out into the real world to socialize the way humans used to do.

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If you are having trouble with your privacy settings go to the link below to look how to configure it:

http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=10150408488962131

So what do you guys think? Leave a comment below.



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37 comments:

  1. Well at first I was not happy with this "timeline" thing but now I'm kind of liking it because my profile appears to be more attractive...but somehow I am not able to get connected with all the applications! :/ but still not a big loss with this new feature :)

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  2. Hahahaha , glad I don't Facebook . Useless crap filled with ads . I can do that crap on my own via my blog.

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  3. Don't really use Facebook but I don't understand why they wouldn't force it on everyone. What's the reason for implementing something that only part of your user base will use?

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  4. That would be so annoying, particularly in consideration of a certain person who is extra snoopy in my life. Grrrr.

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  5. I don't understand why Facebook keeps implementing things that users aren't happy with; on the flip side of that - it's free, so who am I to bitch about it? If I don't want someone snooping, I just change my settings, big deal.

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  6. I don't really like the new Timeline, but I will have to...

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  7. I have not used facebook in a while, the changes they're making.. They're just because there needs to be a change.

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  8. I agree with L. We can't really bitch about it since were not paying for it or anything, but I don't like the timeline layout. It's hassle and pretty pointless in my opinion. Just another change so they seem one step ahead of twitter and other social networking sites.

    My privacy settings have always been personalised. I hate the idea of someone I barely know looking through my pics and knowing my whole life story :/

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  9. UG!!!!!! I hate how they keep changing it!!!!! It's to the point where I don't even really use it anymore. I like Facebook for one reason, to keep in contact with certain people. Other then it's messaging feature, I don't use it.

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  10. Blekh, I HATE the timeline format. I did change mine back, but now you've got me worried that I'll HAVE to use the timeline profile.

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  11. I know 2 people who have been trying to get Timeline, but say that it has been deactivated. They have visited others who have it, in the hopes of getting an invitation, but got nothing. The web page is inactive in that there is no 'get timeline' feature that pops up. Weird! :)

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  12. My sister told me about this. I hate how they just force it on every Facebook user :( I hate the new timeline, it's so dumb.

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  13. More forceful choice-limiting? Sad to say I'm getting used to it here in the United States of Obama.

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  14. The timeline isn't even organised well, the recent posts of a person seems just random.

    Only 8% would get used to it? Not surprised, surprised that they're still forcing it though... Time delete some old crap off my profile.

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  15. I am not really a fan of facebook, I use it but only because I have a blog. I like twitter much, much better.

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  16. i stopped with thefacebook a couple of years ago now. i`m quite glad i did.
    also followed. nice blog.

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  17. its just simple if dont like it dont use it.

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  18. I don't like the timeline, but I will prolly get used to it just like I did all of the other changes FB made.

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  19. eh youtube does this too, I wish I could have my youtube channel back from 2008

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  20. Stopped using facebook awhile ago :]

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  21. Facebook has been like a teenager - changing itself all the time. On the other hand, all the other changes didn't even have the option of opt-in.

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  22. I never really use my Facebook a whole lot anyhow so I might just go ahead and delete it.

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  23. I think the timeline is a much nicer looking profile and with all the privacy settings, you can go through and hide things you don't want people seeing. I do NOT agree with employers using Facebook to weed out employees. What you do in your personal life has nothing to do with your career. Though, sometimes this can help in the hiring process, since it does at least give you an idea about their personality. However, I vehemently disagree with any firings that happen because of Facebook.

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  24. I don't really update my status at all or anything, and my profile is 100% private to non friends, so I have no worries.

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  25. just used bookface to check out chicks hol pics but dont even do that anymore!!

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  26. I don't really care about the privacy issue as that is the responsibility of the user. Nothing much will change in regards to that. You still have control as to what is public and what is not and can delete whatever you wish. But, the aesthetics and functionality of it are fucking atrocious.

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  27. Facebook is becoming the new FBI and police clearance. All your actions are going to be recorded permanently and all you can do to hide them is to block everyone around you, even friends.

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  28. well thats messed up....
    also replied to your comment, you were the only one to ask anything

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  29. I really don`t like the timeline look on FB. I`m so glad that I`m short of alienated from FB anyway, so I don`t have to put up with this. I`ll just delete my profil.

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  30. Fixing what isnt broke again I see facebook.

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  31. The only reason I use that crap still is to message friends that I dont see often, other than that I dont like facebook. Now I have to go back and police up everything I did over the years? I will probably just delete the damn thing.

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  32. This is the problem of "free" sites. No matter how many times I tell people to create their own website (or blog) -- especially artists and writers, they put a lot of faith in their Facebook pages. I keep telling them that Facebook can change anything on a whim and you could have 5,000 people following your page and one change from Facebook could stop that interaction. The Timeline reminds me of MySpace, so I am beginning to lock everything down and get into Google Plus. Google Plus is better, cleaner and everything shows on my wall instead of how Facebook limits it. It will be interesting to see how much Facebook Changes after their IPO.

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  33. NOOOO!!! I like the simple regular facebook layout. Someone make a new facebook site, i will join it and you can be the next zuckerberg

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  34. I tried it out on an account that wasn't my main account to see if I liked the timeline. I actually like the way it looks and works... for the most part. What I don't like is the glitch it has when trying to look at past posts... it reloads over and over again. It gives you a week or so to delete, add, etc before it goes live.

    My privacy settings are at the maximum... if you find me and we're not already friends, all you can see is my picture and the 'send message' or 'add as friend' buttons. If those features were not available, I would delete the account. At this point, I am happy enough with Facebook. And it IS a free service... I think people forget about that...

    I just wish they didn't call it Facebook... LOL!!

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