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Facebook Timeline to be the default for all users

Facebook Timeline for everyone!

Last fall, we introduced you to Facebook’s new Timeline feature, complete with a giant cover photo and profile redesign. We even were the first to show you 50 Facebook Timeline covers and gave best practices (hint: there is an actual size for the cover photo that works best).

Until now, the Timeline remained optional and people had to turn it on, so to speak, but Facebook has announced that all 800 million profiles will be the default mandatory format for all users “over the next few weeks,” meaning the company wants you to tell your entire life story in reverse chronological order and fill in the blanks, and they want you to upload a giant cover photo, but you will no longer be able to hide from the changes if you have been procrastinating.

The Timeline feature makes users’ lives a tad more public which is why many have opted out of using it and likely why Facebook is forcing the change. “Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline,” Facebook said on their blog. “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.”

Last week, Facebook announced 60 new apps that allow users to instantly share information without any effort – what they are cooking, eating, running, wearing, watching, etc. just based on what they are doing, requiring no real input. Facebook offers privacy settings on all apps to determine who sees what information.

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If you do not have the new Timeline profile yet, you can go to Facebook’s Timeline intro page to turn it on and beat Facebook to the punch, or you can wait until they force you to switch, which will happen with an announcement that will pop up at the top of your profile giving you instructions on what steps to take.

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.



  1. jim fay

    January 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I think this is foolish. All the timeline profiles that I visit are more complicated and confusing. Some claim benefits and some don't. Maybe Facebook has a benefit from it but what are they trying to prove? Now, by giving me NO CHOICE, they are alienating at least one person who's been very happy with FB. It seems counter productive when it has been available for so long and people are ignoring it. The votes seem to be in and FB doesn't care; it's getting crammed down our throats whether we want it or not.

  2. AFN

    January 25, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Facebook has not yet forced everyone to the new profile theme yet.

    • Lani Rosales

      January 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      From the story above:

      Facebook has announced that all 800 million profiles will be the default mandatory format for all users “over the next few weeks,”

  3. Precious

    January 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Facebook should learn a thing or two from Google. Making profiles more complicated will definitely lessen its appeal. As a Facebook user, I really find the timeline quite complicated and well frustrating including when viewing profiles of other contacts that I have. I agree, the timeline seems more counter productive than something that help boost Facebook usage. I think Facebook will definitely experience a huge loss in usage if they continue this mandatory thing.

  4. facebook covers

    January 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I actually really enjoy the Timeline profile. I used to love all the designing back in the myspace days, so I'm glad to see we can add some designs!

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