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Facebook users who have resisted the conversion to the new timeline profile: The end of the line is near.

Timeline will become mandatory to all users within what a Facebook spokesperson calls “a few smaller countries” over the next few weeks. Those first markets will make a final test of performance before the rest of the site gets the advanced profile.

Ironically, the most trafficked story on popular Facebook resource site All Facebook is “Can You Take The Timeline Off Your Facebook Profile?

A spokesperson for Facebook reiterated that the advanced profile will be mandatory, not an opt-in phenomenon:

In the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline. We know adjustments can be difficult, especially with something as personal as Facebook. Since timeline became generally available late last year, we’ve received a lot of positive feedback. We will continue to listen and gather feedback as more people get timeline so we know what’s working and what can still be improved.

Facebook users who are converted to timeline will have seven days to review all of their content and decide what should be visible and what shouldn’t, as well as to whom.

We strongly suggest taking advantage of the seven-day grace period and becoming familiar with timeline’s activity log tool, as every action users have ever taken on Facebook will be visible unless deemed otherwise by the users.

Facebook users who are not tech-savvy are concerned about the amount of personal data they must go through in seven days, and even among those who are technically proficient, some just have no desire to post full online biographies, on Facebook or elsewhere.

However, Facebook seems to be showing zero inclination to make timeline an opt-in feature, and this announcement pushes the new design one step closer to reality for all of its users.

Next up, Facebook will extend timeline to pages, said a spokesperson for the company:

As we said at f8, we believe that consistency in both functionality and appearance increase use of Facebook. We hope to make Pages more consistent with the Timeline in the future, but we have nothing further to share at this time.

Do you think Facebook is doing the right thing in making timeline mandatory for all?

Zander Chance is a technology nut who is always first in line to try out the latest tech gadgets. He also has been an active affiliate marketer for the past 15 years, and he writes about his adventures in that on his blog.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. CJ

    January 26, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I absolutely HATE the timeline feature.. It’s information overload, I don’t even know where to look. And extending this “feature” to Pages as well? Major fail!

    The only good thing? I checked into a pizza joint in Chicago last January on FB, and for the life of me I can’t remember the name of it. Now I can click on January 2011 and hopefully find that check-in. 🙂

  2. Rania

    January 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I have mixed emotions about timeline but either way, we’ll all be stuck with it soon enough. Here are seven resources to help you embrace Facebook Timeline: http://www.bit.ly/AmTpCn

  3. Francesco

    January 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I adopted Timeline when it first became available. It was neat and innovative for the first few days, but now it’s nothing special. I wish that more of my friends would actively use GOOGLE+.

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