Facebook timeline set to become compulsory
By James Ashworth
MARK Zuckerburg, founder of social media site Facebook, has this week announced that Facebook’s new profile page is to become compulsory for all users, starting in the next few weeks.
The timeline is the new profile page that had up to now been voluntary for Facebook users to select. It allows users to display their whole lives from their birth to the present day all on one page. Each year - with relevant information - is displayed chronologically on one line, which runs from the top of a person’s profile all the way to the bottom, and will present all the posts that the user has ever posted or had posted on their wall.
Facebook have also announced that once the timeline is forced onto users, they will have only seven days to hide any older posts that they do not want their more recent friends to see.
Zuckerburg explained the reasoning behind the timeline saying, “Millions of people curate stories of their lives on Facebook every day and have no way to share them once they fall off your profile page...we have been working on ‘timeline’ all year…it’s the story of your life and a completely new way to express yourself.”
Although many users voluntarily switched their profile pages to the timeline, several are opposed to the new layout, and would prefer to keep their old versions. But, as Facebook are now forcing people to use the timeline, opposed users will have to live with it, or leave Facebook for another social media site.
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