THE OPINION OF KYLE STEWART- People are naturally scared of Facebook’s new feature, Timeline. And it makes sense because people are afraid of every little thing Facebook does. This is an extreme overreaction.
Now, it may be because I am a Facebook developer and participated in the beta of it for the past few months. I have loved it! At first I didn’t like the new layout, when I only saw the photos of it. But when I turned it on, I was amazed at it. It was like a brand new, fantastic resume.
I always wondered what my first status was. It only took new three seconds, thanks to the new sidebar (pictured left) to find it. “Crrraaazzy Weather were haven!”
Another thing I really like in the new Timeline is the Cover Photo. It is really cool and if you choose the right photo it can look fantastic.
Another great thing Facebook has rolled out is Life Event, which is a feature to Facebook Timeline. So you can simply click on Life Event and add an important life event to your Timeline. EX: The day you bought a car, The day a family member or friends passed away, The day you got a new room-mate, or had a child.
Up to now, Facebook-ers have been posting things, thinking that it will all be gone in a few days. But not anymore. Anyone will be able to go back to your old posts in a matter of seconds. So Facebook is giving people 7 days to clean out anything that you don’t want to be published. So you can sign up for Timeline and easily go back through it all and delete what you don’t want up there for people to see, and once you are ready, within 7 days you can publish your timeline to the world. Now, anything that you said that you only want to be shared with your friends will obviously still be strictly only for your friends. But anything Public will be available for the world.
But keep in mind that unless you’re Britney Spears, not many people will be looking you up, so you don’t have much to worry about. I personally, am open. This means that much of my information is made public, like many status updates, photos etc. because I have nothing to hide on Facebook, and that is my planed future to work high up in the Tech industry where you accept that your life is normally open.
“It’s really like a digital scrapbook”
Facebook Timeline is nothing to worry about. If you don’t want this new feature, well too bad because it is expected that within a week it will be rolled out to everyone on Facebook. No opt. out. As Sharon Vaknin puts it, the only way to opt. out is to go to another social network.
I think that Timeline, for me has more pros than cons. For many it will be a privacy concern. But whenever people complain about Facebook this is what I tell them: Facebook is completely free. You have absolutely no right to complain about it, unless you pay for this service. Also people should not rely on Facebook for everything, because Facebook has the right to shut down any day it wants.
In conclusion, Facebook Timeline is fantastic in my not so humble opinion. I think you should sign up for it if you like what you see, but if you don’t than stop complaining because like I said earlier, Facebook is free… Thank God.
You can get Facebook Timeline early here.
-a KYLE STEWART article-
Further Reading and Sources:
- How to customize your Facebook Cover Photo (howto.cnet.com)
- Five things to know about the new Facebook (howto.cnet.com
- How to Activate Facebook Timeline Now (quickonlinetips.com)
- Facebook Timeline Now Available for All (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- Facebook Makes New ‘Timeline’ Design Available to Everyone (techland.time.com)