Facebook’s Timeline – a new look for people’s Profile pages which exposes their entire history on the site – will become mandatory for all users.
The ‘new look’ has been voluntary up until now. From now, users will simply be notified that they are being ‘updated‘ via an announcement at the top of their home page, which users click on to activate Timeline.
As with voluntary switches to Timeline, those who are ‘updated‘ will have just seven days to select which photos, posts and life events they want to advertise to the world.
Via the official Facebook blog, the site announced, ‘Last year we introduced timeline, a new kind of profile that lets you highlight the photos, posts and life events that help you tell your story.’
‘Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline. 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.’
Timeline has been criticised for showing off pictures and posts that people might have wanted to forget. The new look also pairs with ‘timeline apps‘, such as Spotify, which post every time people listen to a song, or eat a recipe or visit somewhere.
‘You can learn more about these new features by taking the quick tour available at the top of your timeline,’ says Facebook. ‘If you want to get timeline now, go to the Introducing Timeline page and click ‘Get Timeline.’Or you can wait until you see an announcement at the top of your home page.’
Mark Zuckerberg described timeline as letting you ‘tell the whole story of your life on a single page‘. The redesigned pages have a more magazine-like photo-heavy feel, with a large ‘cover photo’ at the top of the page.
On the right of the page there will be a timeline that breaks down all posts from a person’s time on Facebook and allows viewers to jump back to people’s earliest posts with a break down month-by-month.