Will you leave Facebook because of the new Timeline?

One of my favorite people on Facebook has declared that she is leaving. She hates the new Timeline, she won’t be forced into it and so she’s out of there.

She wrote there are plenty of things she has to put up with in life but she doesn’t have to put up with Facebook. She says she wants to simplify and live more authentically – like in the 1980s. (I’m not sure if that was a joke.) And she wants to communicate with people through phone calls and meeting them in person.

According to The Washington Post, “the mandatory changes to the layout are set to roll out in the ‘next few weeks,’ the company said in a blog post last week . Once the new layout hits your account, you’ll have seven days to review your profile and manage the privacy settings on every single post. Users can also set a default privacy setting for all of their posts.”

My friend is not alone in hating the new Timeline, according to an article in The Washington Post.

“A nonscientific poll of more than 4,000 Facebook users found that about half of those surveyed say that they are “worried” by Facebook’s new Timeline format. More than 30 percent said that they didn’t ‘know why I’m still on Facebook.’ ”

“These users say that they’re spooked by the social network’s new, mandatory format change, which displays all the information they’ve ever shared on Facebook in a scrapbook-like format.”

Readers of Slashgear appear similarly concerned, with 45 percent of 5,800 respondents saying that they said they would consider deleting their Facebook accounts.”

I switched to the new Timeline a while back and I’m not really bothered by it. People hate change, but now I can’t even remember what the old Facebook looked like.

I can understand people wanting to leave Facebook if they think it’s a time suck or if they are worried about privacy. I think that’s easier to do when you live close to all your friends and family. I now live 2,000 miles away from all my friends (except for a handful here) and family so FB is a true help for me. It’s helps me feel like I am still connected and know what’s going on. I miss all my old friends.

So I am wondering if other people will revolt when Facebook finally imposes the new Timeline on everyone? Has Facebook helped or hindered your ability to communicate and your relationships?

74 comments Add your comment

Really?

January 31st, 2012
8:06 pm

@Creative

You got a boyfriend?

If not, how flexible are you?

creative

January 31st, 2012
8:21 pm

hamstrings or time?

Maynard C

January 31st, 2012
8:26 pm

This is how this should be. The moment that timeline goes live, everyone jump ship and get a life. Suckerburg goes from billionare to homeless in a hearbeat. Facebook tries to tell us that constant change in their format is good for us (they have to keep their programmers doing something). Reminds me of the holier than thou Republicans telling me about how to conduct myself. Enough is enough revolt now and stick it to Suckerberg.

KG

January 31st, 2012
8:29 pm

Hey losers, get over it!! IT’S FREE!!!!!!!!!

Really?

January 31st, 2012
8:29 pm

Jason

January 31st, 2012
8:31 pm

@KG…..you read my mind.

Really?

January 31st, 2012
8:33 pm

@Creative

Also, how old are you?

Nikki

January 31st, 2012
8:54 pm

It is just facebook. It is not that serious. Plan and simple.

Nikki

January 31st, 2012
8:55 pm

James Jordan

February 1st, 2012
5:32 am

It took me three years to beat Super Mario Brothers and it’ll take me another three years to get use to this crap – god I hate change!

justmy2cents

February 1st, 2012
6:07 am

@ ABC, pinterest is like an online poster board than you “pin” articles, recipes, pictures, arts & crafts, really anything you find interesting. Others can see your pins, choose to follow you, repin them, like them, comment on them, etc. You can also see/follow theirs. It is really just a way to be exposed to more stuff you might be interested in, in a shorter amount of time, since you don’t have to spend the whole day surfing the web. Others surf it for you and put it in one spot.

Jesse's Girl

February 1st, 2012
9:36 am

ACTUALLY….what I said was….”Really NOT trying to live so much a la the 80″s…” I truly dug the crap outa the 80’s…but I’m not trying to bring them back. I just really want LESS in my life. Its a struggle and almost a full time job to protect the girls on line. Plus..I’m just kinda over it all…ya know? But you my friend..Theresa…will be continue to be someone I bother on a regular basis:)

Scoobster

February 1st, 2012
9:48 am

Facebook is stabilizing. It’s only a matter of time before something else comes along to pique the interest of the general masses. Look at MySpace. No one uses that crap anymore. With Facebook going public, you need to realize that investing in it will be a losing proposition – except for Zuck. He’ll find the right time to get out before the collapse.

Scoobster

February 1st, 2012
9:50 am

If you look at the folks that have used FB since the beginning – they’ve moved on to other things. The same thing will happen to the majority as we all become bored, disillusioned, find something else to interest us, etc. It’s actually a smart move for them to keep changing things up – it keeps interest going. Only for so long, though… then it will be over.

Longhand

February 1st, 2012
12:15 pm

Oh boo hoo, people hate change, big surprise.

Sometimes I wish we could go back to writing one sentence complaints to each other and sending them through the mail about how we hate the new stamps.

I like the timeline, the cover photo is great and the layout is very clean but then again I know how to operate my privacy settings and have nothing to fear.

Learn how to use the internet and treat it like a bathroom wall that everyone can see and you’ll be ok. Facebook is fun and can enrich your life if you let it pull you off the couch.

really

February 1st, 2012
2:02 pm

so leave what do you have loose! it not like you paid any dam money

Bye you idiots!!!

Kat

February 1st, 2012
7:29 pm

@Disgruntled: 250 “friends” – wow, and some of them aren’t even spammers. We are so impressed!

Maynard C

February 1st, 2012
9:04 pm

Here is the problem for those of us who have drunk the FB Kool Aide: our demographic data and emails are there for the taking for which ever marketing firm picks the dead bones of FB sometime in the future. And you thought you got spam and junk mail now. Just wait……

dan

February 2nd, 2012
8:06 am

this isnt just another change, i’ve never complained or minded the changes from facebook in the past. the new change is not comparible to facebook old changes, because this layout is horrible. i have no concern about my privacy on timeline anymore then i have with facebooks current form, but, again,this layout is just terrible. it looks like an overcrowded dog mess. “people will get used to it” is something i have often heard in many drastic changes to software and applications in the past that have eventually lost popularity. facebook is not making a smart business decision by forcing such a layout such as this on people. it is both testing the users patience and showing it’s arrogance to think it can get away with forcing such a disliked feature on people. “we are right and customers are wrong” is not a good business model

cc03

February 2nd, 2012
11:29 am

Due to all of the changes that Facebook keeps making, I prefer to view my FB account on my phone. I can use the FB app and not have to deal with the timeline and all of the other clutter that I see on my laptop.

RBG4ever

February 2nd, 2012
6:08 pm

I think the bigger question mark about Facebook is whether users will depart if The Powers That Be revisit the notion of charging Facebookers for using their site to connect with family & old friends.

van

February 2nd, 2012
7:03 pm

I don’t really need to look at my or anyone else’s timeline. I stay up to date just reading the newsfeed

cityville player

February 3rd, 2012
1:16 am

it sucks for gamers. i don’t see the list of game posts in the new timeline but guess i will figure it out

Andy S

February 3rd, 2012
12:11 pm

Threatening to delete your Facebook is the new running away from home—everyone’s just doing it for attention and we all know you’ll be back in a week.