Late last year, amidst hushed talks and speculation, Facebook announced their latest, big feature – the Timeline. The feature, at least by measure, brought nothing new to the table, but yes, it promised to give one's Facebook profile a swanky new makeover. Users could always access their older posts by just scrolling down their page, but not many did it. Timeline allowed users to view their lives, as on Facebook in a chronologically arranged format, complete with photos, videos, posts, among others that they may have uploaded, shared on their profiles. All details of the user, right from the time he/she created their Facebook profile were neatly arranged in chronology, almost as if they’re telling a story, which is essentially what Facebook intended to do with Timeline. However, while there were many who readily made the switch, there were some who still preferred their original profile look and hence continued with it. However, all this is set to change in a week's time, as Facebook plans to make a uniform Timeline adoption across its user base. Simply put, everyone will have to switch to Timeline within a week's time, after which the switch will automatically happen.
Coming soon for everyone!
Paul McDonald has, in an official post on The Facebook Blog confirmed the news, and stated that, “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 sees it.” So, typically, those wary of having any content shared on their profiles will have to move them to a safe corner before the switch happens. Users, who've not accessed their sites in a long time, too will get the new Timeline feature on their profiles when the switch happens.
Users now have a seven-day preview period during which they will be able to see what their Timeline would look like when it would go live. It is during this period that users should make changes to their profile, like hiding elements they don't want to be shown, or highlighting some others. At the end of the preview, the Timeline will be pushed live.
What do you think of this move? Is Facebook doing it right by making Timeline a compulsory feature on profiles? Have you made the switch, yet? Let us know in the comments section below.
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