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Facebook Makes Timeline Mandatory

Facebook Makes Timeline Mandatory

Like it or not, Facebook's Timeline will soon be made mandatory for all users. According to a recent blog post by Facebook's engineer Paul McDonald, Timeline will be rolled out over the next few weeks, and subscribers will have up to seven days to preview the new layout. Facebook members can also make use of this window to tweak their privacy settings if need be. If you're still unacquainted with Facebook's latest offering, feel free to hop on down to the Timeline's introductory page to get a feel of what the brouhaha is all about.

The social networking giant first unveiled the contentious profile theme back in September last year as a developer app, before it was made available to the public in December. Essentially, Timeline enables you to highlight posts, photos, and events which 'help you tell your story'. Entries and activities will be listed in reverse chronological order, starting with the present day back up to your date of birth if applicable. 

Facebook also introduced sixty so-called "frictionless" apps last week, designed to publicize user activities with minimal effort. For instance, suppose you've just read a news story via the Washington Post's social app. In turn, this app would help publish the article on your Timeline as well. Of course, this can only happen after you've given the application explicit permission to do so. For those of you who are uncomfortable with any possible privacy invasion with the 'automatic' content sharing involved, you may check out The Huffington Post's account on these "frictionless" apps and their privacy settings in greater detail here.

Those who are not on Timeline as yet would receive a notification at the top of their home page when the profile theme is implemented for good (or worse).  

Source: The Huffington Post

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