Facebook users shunning Timeline feature

By Posted 31 Jan 2012, 11:54

Back in December we told you that users had the opportunity to start using Facebook’s Timeline option, which basically shows all of your activity on the site since you first activated your account. Then a few days ago this option now began its compulsory rollout, and currently it seems Facebook users are shunning the Timeline feature.

The new feature has caused some outrage among many users that comes as part of a major rework of the social networking site. It creates a virtual life story of the user’s time on the site that can go back as far as 2004 if they were on it then. If users have forgotten to delete any embarrassing comments or photos they will be more easily accessed now.

Before Timeline users could only find older content by searching through pages and pages of old content. A report on The Telegraph is stating that many critics feel the change erodes user’s privacy, but Facebook’s argument is that the content is already available.

Security firm Sophos has recently surveyed 4,000 users of the website and found that only 8% like the new feature. While 51% of those asked said they were “worried” by Timeline, but 8% did say they would “get used to it” given time.

Over the next few weeks users will receive a notification that they have seven days to update their profiles and delete content not wanted to be visible. According to Facebook the new feature doesn’t change any of the existing privacy settings, and an activity log will allow users to add extra settings to each entry.

This means that users can decide if all or some of their Facebook friends can see a certain image or message. Some also feel these changes will make users think what they now post to the site. Have you been using Timeline? What do you think of it?

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  • George

    I’ve started using it and its amazing!!

  • misia

    I’ve been using it for a few weeks and like it a lot. It has nice features like posting something you want to emphasize in a bigger format size. Also the cover photo is a great thing and makes your page more personalized.
    As for privacy, it actually allows much more control over who can see your posts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720698823 Doug Hinebaugh

    8% like it and 2 people of that 8% have already posted here. There is a difference between resisting change and just plain not liking something. FB has done this in small steps for years and the outrage was less intense. Now that they are demolishing what we know and replacing it with crap, the outrage is palpable. People such as myself are sick and tired(highlights, anyone?) of FB trying to tell MY friends what of MY information FB thinks that they want to see. I’m a big boy, I can decide that for myself.

    I have a simple solution. Add a pay option. I would gladly pay $5 a month for Facebook to leave my page the hell alone. Not all of FB users are mindless fanboys who will gobble up whatever FB feeds us and ask for more. I’m having a hard time coming up with another company or product in my life that has worked SO hard to completely ignore what users want. With FB, some close-minded dipshits in Menlo Park seem to be sitting around all day trying to come up with the next great thing(in their minds) when they could simply optimize their product by listening to what the users have to say. If my friends weren’t such spineless dweebs, I would love for them to all join me on Google+.

    Myspace killed itself in the same way by not listening to it’s users. Over and over again they changed things for the sake of changing them and they “fixed” themselves to death. Leave it be, FB. If they insist, then I hope they crash and burn in a way that Myspace could never have even dreamed of.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Cardiel/1650701426 Matthew Cardiel

    I like the Facebook timeline. It’s visually pleasing and nice to see what my life has consisted of over the past few years. Facebook has always been changing and this is one of those not-so-subtle changes that people either love or hate. I personally love it. And privacy options are always available and you’re able to change them. That’s the beauty of Facebook is the ability to share whatever you feel like. Most people just don’t take the time to change those settings. I love it, and have no complaints about the Timeline profile.

  • http://twitter.com/mercurie80 Terry Towles Canote

    I was forcefully switched to Timeline by adding an app and I hate it. I am not worried about my privacy. Timeline does not change one’s privacy concerns. My problem is that it seems to be inferior to the old profile in every way. First, the two column layout filled with boxes is much harder to read than the single column of the old profile. Second, a lot of important information that was displayed on the old profile is not displayed on Timeline. It does not show my relatives and only shows six of my friends. It also does not show my page. Third it loads much slower than the old profile. Fourth, on the old profile one simply clicked the Wall link on the left sidebar. With Timeline one has to reload the whole page. I could continue, but I think I’ve made my point that Timeline is pretty much inferior to the Wall and I can’t understand why Facebook thinks it is better.

  • nov_284

    I hope that whatever moron came up with timeline chokes to death on a cucumber.

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