Facebook timeline is so far Zuckerberg’s greatest gamble. Mixed reactions have greeted the introduction of the new Facebook timeline; and the most worrisome question however is whether Facebook timeline is compulsory for all their users.
What is Facebook Timeline?
As described in our previous post, Facebook Timeline Feature: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, Facebook timeline is the new upgrade of Facebook profile page that gives the page an entirely new look.
It was designed with the intent of making important posts on profile pages – that usually get lost beneath new posts – more accessible for users. Unfortunately, it also exposes the pieces of your past at the click of a mouse, and others will be able to view all the facets of your life on a page that looks like an improved bulletin board.
Truly, Facebook timeline is very ingenious and appears to be an interesting review of the past for the profile page owner. However, its simplicity creates fear that others will also be able to see that much about your past so easily. This is what is causing panic for many users of the giant social network.
Clearly, it is normal for people to try and conceal their past. Unfortunately, Facebook timeline is just about to give others access to that hidden past. Right now, so many people are questioning why Facebook timeline should be compulsory for them.
So, Is Facebook Timeline Compulsory?
Presently, no one has clear evidence that Facebook timeline will eventually become compulsory or when it will become compulsory for everyone. Already, false rumors have been flying all over the Web with people naming 22nd, 25th and 27th of December as the deadline for upgrading all Facebook users.
Nonetheless, we may be able to foretell from the history of changes on Facebook whether Facebook timeline will become compulsory.
First, there is no way to return to the old Facebook profile once timeline is activated. At best, you can hide or delete the posts you don’t like on the timeline. Worse still, you only have seven days to tweak your timeline from the day you “get timeline”, before it automatically becomes available to others. Moreover, if you have been using Facebook for a long time, you can readily tell that this kind of upgrade is unlikely to be optional.
This actually justifies the wide spread speculation that Facebook timeline will eventually become compulsory for all their users.