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Facebook Users Will Be Forced To Use Timeline Profile Feature Come Fall 2012.

When Facebook first launched its new Timeline feature, allowing users to migrate from the traditional Facebook layout to a more dynamic view of their lives via the social networking site, there was a bit of (http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/15/review-your-timeline/) outrage and confusion . Now, according to (http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/30/switch-to-timeline/) Techcrunch , Facebook will be forcing those who have yet to adopt the new layout to accept the Timeline, as the original Facebook layout is being eliminated.

The primary (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2074554/Facebook-timeline-feature-Mixed-reaction-latest-changes.html) complaints about Timeline seem to stem from the concept of visibility. Not everyone who uses Facebook wants every aspect of their lives shared with those they are "friends" with. While this seems counter to how many seem to use the site, there are a few who make use of Facebook purely for its networking concepts. According to Dailymail, the Timeline feature, upon release in January, was Facebook's "radical new look," prompting many to untag themselves from certain photos, as well as hide certain things on the Timeline altogether.

The jump to Timeline won't be abrupt for those who haven't adopted the new interface. Upon signing in, users will be prompted about the change to their Facebook profiles. Those users will then be given a week or so to polish their profile, remove certain pictures, or hide certain aspects of their lives from their Facebook friends. Timeline also makes use of the "Recent Activity" box that showcases what apps an individual has used, as well as who that person has added as a friend.

Timeline streamlines the Facebook experience, allowing users better access to controls when it comes to hiding or removing certain aspects of their profiles. Upon being tagged in a photo, the user is then able to remove the tag, should they not want their profile associated with it. The original Facebook layout did this, as well, though some consider the new Timeline layout an easier way of making changes, especially with the Activity Log feature.

There's still time to remove some of those embarrassing half-drunken party shots from your profile, or, at the very least, hide them before Timeline goes live for the entirety of Facebook.
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Date:Aug 1, 2012
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