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?