Why I’m Making Facebook Force Me Into Timeline

I refuse to get timeline. Several of my friends have given in because they’re tired of the ads popping up on their profile, and they don’t want Zuckerberg to win. Well, Facebook is going to have to force me into the change next week. I’m not doing it. I’m tired of Facebook making changes, and then they went and bought Instagram. Yes, I understand that they’re growing social media, but it’s getting out of line. I miss the old Facebook days when you actually needed a .edu email address to access it. Facebook is great, but honestly the constant changes and updates are turning me off.

Maybe I’m just stubborn, but I am holding onto old Facebook for as long as possible. I don’t want a large cover photo and a subsequently smaller profile picture. I don’t want everyone to easily go back in time on my profile. I like my wall the way it is right now. Why, Zuckerberg, why?! I feel like Facebook is becoming the Apple of social media. Every time they announce something new, we have it for a few months, and then another change is made. Make up your mind!

You know how many times Twitter has changed since I got it? Once. And it wasn’t even that big of a change. It was just basic formatting stuff, and they made everything look nicer. I’m a huge proponent of social media and its capabilities, but I don’t need everyone knowing what I’m listening to on Spotify or reading an article. Once you get timeline, you have seven days to hide what you don’t want to be seen. That sounds like the Facebook version of The Ring. The constant changes are making me not even want to get on Facebook anymore. I no longer tell people to Facebook message me. I tell them to find me on Twitter or send me an email.

What do you think of Timeline? Have you switched over or are you waiting for the forced change?

Caitlin is a senior at the University of Alabama who has an obsession with cupcakes, coffee, and Harry Potter. She always has random fun facts on reserve and aspires to be a professional blogger, social media bug, and/or James Franco’s assistant. Follow her fabulous life @caitlincorsetti. You’re welcome!

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  1. Krista says:

    I kind of like it. It is more graphic and I love the focus on the pictures. None of the changes have really been anything for me to worry about, they all seem pretty easy to deal with.

  2. Audrey says:

    It's kind of funny how bent out of shape people get about FB. Yeah, I cringed a little when Timeline first came out, but guess what? Humans are very adaptable creatures. It's fine. You'll get used to it. And if it bugs you so much, then you can always not use it. These social programs are a privilege we have because of the companies and technologies, and they will always try to appease the masses, not the individual. As far as I can see, the ones who don't like Timeline at this point are the minority.

  3. kay says:

    the way i see it, it doesn't affect your life a ton because how often to you look at your own profile? not that much, right? i just read my newsfeed, and that still looks the same, so whatever. i, mean, its like some one rearranging your room, yeah its different, but you'll get used to it and life goes on. priorities people. stop whining. its just a website.

  4. Jessica says:

    I agree, I don’t like timeline. Having to find two good pictures for my wall is a pain, and I definitely don’t want people to see my dumb posts from 7th grade. At the same time, I don’t think that many people are going back that far on people’s profiles.

  5. samm159 says:

    Facebook has done numerous changes over the years. In New Zealand we are the test market for these changes – so timeline first started appearing on our Facebooks mid last year and it was fully enforced by the beginning of February this year. So while you all say you don't want it etc, it has already been enforced on the other side of the world. On the plus side it makes it really easy for stalking, on the negative side it makes it really easy for others to stalk you i.e find cringe posts you made years ago. Also be careful of what you write on other peoples timelines. It is simple to delete a comment off your own but if you write something on a friends it is no longer as simple to delete.

  6. Wonderfox says:

    I think it is great and creative, it just makes scanning everything you posted become more available and cozy.

  7. djnemec says:

    You have to remember that we're no longer a "static" society. It's especially easy to see with journalism like CollegeCandy.
    Remember when magazines and newspapers were published to print? Make one single unnoticed typo and oops! 100,000 people have to see that typo. Now, it's simple to edit the post whenever you notice the typo and even people who visited the page before you fixed it will see the change next time they visit.

    There has been a lot of research into machine learning and prediction algorithms lately, and the basic idea is "the more data you have, the more accurate the predictions are". This is leading companies (Instagram, Facebook, Google, Spotify) to make deals between themselves to share your data. Now both sides have more data than they would have alone and both can make better predictions about your musical interests, hobbies, and habits. As they gain more and more knowledge about you, they can do entirely new things and this is what's prompting the rapid site changes.

    As for Twitter, how much can you really do with a site that's entire business is built off of posting just 140 characters of text? They added Lists, which really isn't all that cool, but the biggest change seems to be integration with Twitpic — something everyone has already been doing with Twitter, just not within Twitter itself. I suppose it's a testament to humanity's short attention span that Twitter is still so successful with so little change over the years.

    Now that I've probably written a post longer than your question itself, I suppose it's time to actually answer the question. I made the change myself because like Kay said, I don't visit my own profile all that often. The two-column look is hard to read for me, because whether something is on the left or right is arbitrary – I have to keep moving back and forth to find what I'm looking for and differing post lengths add a whole lot of worthless whitespace that I have to scroll through. The cover photo is nothing new — everyone was using those four "last added" photos to display a unified message anyway, why not just drop the pretense and combine it into a single image? Cover Photo is a change prompted entirely by user behavior.

    In an effort to keep this comment short, I've edited a lot out. Anyone who's interested can see the original here.

    The internet has reached the stage where it is constantly evolving, and now that it has so much data about who you are and what you like it is finally starting to do something with it. As they find major new things to do with that data, they make major changes to their sites.

  8. Rachel says:

    My Timeline just went live today, and I only got one to get a Pinterest account( which I'm not even using as much as I thought I would). I can understand how it can demonstrate creativity, but I still don't like timeline all that much.

  9. Sam says:

    It's completely nonsensical.

    The two-column thing is absurd. It is impossible for me to find anything on friends' pages, even pictures and videos, due to the placement. I don't like having two pictures because unless you do something cool to combine them into one scene, it's really aesthetically unpleasing to have two completely different pictures on top of each other.

    I haven't met a single person who does like the change, and I'm one of the few in my group of friends without it. They all find it muddled, confusing, and extraneous, like myself.

    I really can not for the life of me see any appeal whatsoever.

  10. Garnet – Columbia University says:

    At first I hated the idea of timeline, but I ended up switching over on my own. I do like the new cover photo thing, but I'm still not crazy about the two-column layout. Overall, I do like the clean, streamlined look of it. One thing that does really bother me is that cover photos are public, and that can't be changed. I try to keep my Facebook very private to people I haven't accepted as friends, which makes me feel weird about using a personal photo as my cover photo. Especially if there are friends in it. What if they don't want anybody who clicks on my profile to be able to see that picture? Ugh. The privacy settings keep getting more and more loose.

  11. Kate says:

    I hate the idea of timeline as well. Facebook has been getting more cluttered and messy with each change. I miss FB circa 2008, when it was clean and simple. With each of the changes, I've found that I've been using it less and less.

  12. anon says:

    If you don't like it, don't use it. Simple as that.

    1. Nat says:

      Its not that simple, there arent really any other options, so we are forced to use the timeline.

  13. Abby says:

    Love witter but hate the new timeline of Facebook!

  14. Aly says:

    To hell with timeline, im with you on this

    my friend changed to timeline by accident … so obviously her cover photo is of some girl cyring nxt to the phrase "i accidentally changed to timeline & now i can't change back"

    1. Jen says:

      this is irrelevant but funny cover photo idea :D

  15. bob says:

    havent got it and they'll have to force me to get it. I dont like it and thanks for the 7 days Zuckerburg.. Jack @#$ for me to delete stuff i may or may not want employers etc to see. In addition why the hell is there two rows?? seriously it looks retarded and is a pain in the ass to look at one one in chronological order is just fine but like engineers they tweak things for no reason other than to change it.. Ok im done.. It almost now resembles Myspace.. it only took 10 years for that to happen.

  16. Cathy says:

    I WAS FORCED TO GET IT…AND I HATE IT!!! I want it gone. It said that everyone will be forced to have timeline by April of this year!!! Bulls***……I have a few friends that don't have it yet!!

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  17. walter says:

    I don't get why it is so important to Zuckerberg that everyone has timeline. If it is all the same information anyway why not let me keep the lean efficient facebook. I have already started to get away from using facebook because I find timeline too much. Simple layout was good.

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