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

Slobby Bobby

January 31st, 2012
12:09 pm

I have a Facebook account that I check a couple times a day. I think the new Timeline is horrible. I don’t like the layout at all. I have had thoughts about just saying “Eff it” and scrapping the whole thing. I find that in all honestly, that I waste a bunch of time dealing with FB – why do that if I don’t even like the new layout? There’s a reason most of us have not switched over – that’s because we don’t like it!

Augusta

January 31st, 2012
12:11 pm

Yes I will!!! I’ve already stated such on my Wall posts. So are many of my friends.

Why do they keep messing with this?

Joanna

January 31st, 2012
12:14 pm

I agree Slobby Bobby, lol, the new Timeline sucks! I will probably delete my account because of it. It is messy, sloppy and nothing that I enjoy about Facebook. It resembles Myspace to me and I hated Myspace so I deleted my account. I have not switched over either. I hate it.
If I have to have the new format, then I have to say “Goodbye Facebook”. :(

HB

January 31st, 2012
12:18 pm

I’m confused — what am I missing that’s so awful about the timeline? I barely even notice it. It doesn’t affect the the news feed, and I rarely look at my own profile. When I do, though, I think it’s a nice layout. Where are people running into difficulties with it?

jarvis

January 31st, 2012
12:24 pm

Don’t like the layout, use the one on your phone. It’s locked into the same crappy interface it’s always had.

Really?

January 31st, 2012
12:27 pm

It’s yet another article about a Facebook “upgrade” that has people “considering” deleting their profiles. It’s like some bloggers aren’t even trying anymore. Time to feed the dogs, Mr. Pavlov.

Penguinmom

January 31st, 2012
12:29 pm

I think most people are going to stay with Facebook even if they don’t like the changes. The connection to friends and the flow of information will bring them back even if they do leave temporarily.

I haven’t switched to the timeline format yet. I don’t really use my profile page so not a huge deal. I don’t really care if people see what I’ve done on FB. If I didn’t want people to know something, I wouldn’t put it on FB. I will check my privacy settings. I currently have it default to Friends only for just about everything. As long as I can maintain that, it won’t bother me.

Techmom

January 31st, 2012
12:31 pm

Every time FB makes a change, people yell about it and say they’re leaving (I don’t know anyone who has officially left FB other than it’s a time vacuum). People just don’t like change and want to complain about it.

What is...

January 31st, 2012
12:31 pm

…Facebook?

TXMom

January 31st, 2012
12:38 pm

@Techmom. Exactly – this is just like any other change that FB rolls out that people scream about for a couple of weeks, but them wind up calming down about a few weeks later.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 31st, 2012
12:43 pm

jarvis

January 31st, 2012
12:49 pm

TWG, that is a good article. The last part of it is especially easy. Delete your profile and start a new one if you want to get rid of old crap.

Personally, I don’t give a schlitz. If I didn’t want it on the Interent why would I have put it on the Internet?

Big Harry Balzic

January 31st, 2012
1:05 pm

Some people I dont want to meet face to face.

Disgruntled

January 31st, 2012
1:06 pm

I left last night at 11:59 right before the Jan. 31 changeover date. I have been part of the
Facebook faithful since ‘08 and have used it constantly. I had well over 250 friends and enjoyed being in contact with them. However, being forced to have Timeline crossed the line. I encourage everyone to research who helped get FB started – In-q-tel and the Office of Informational Awareness. These have ties to a top alphabet agency. Your privacy isn’t just sold to advertisers, it’s being used for more nefarious purposes. I find it very convenient that Facebook is forcing Timeline right before their IPO. A legal prospectus will be coming out that will show all of us in black and white just what their true policies are. But since people’s info will already be forever immortalized on Timeline (no going back), you can’t fight back by removing your info. They already have it on a nice silver platter – not only for them but for hackers, advertisers and other unsavory characters. Well played Tracebook, well played – For now! Consider sending Zucky and his minions a huge message by deleting your acct. We are not commodities!!! If you delete (not deactivate – that’s just temporary and doesn’t remove your info) your acct., you have 2 weeks to come back. In the meantime, if your acct has not been switched over – delete all old messages, pics etc that you don’t want public or on your new huge facebook page.

How about

January 31st, 2012
1:12 pm

You leave the AJC blogs. This stuff is not as funny(in a painful way) as it used to be.

jarvis

January 31st, 2012
1:19 pm

@Disgruntled, good luck with that. Let us know how it goes.

catlady

January 31st, 2012
1:20 pm

Never have had any urge to FB. The people I want to interact with, I INTERACT with personally.

And yes, I think the 80s reference was a joke. Nothing authentic about platform shoes and YMCA.

Disgruntled

January 31st, 2012
1:33 pm

I agree with others here- If you still want to stay on Facebook, delete your current account and create a new one. To play with the advertisers, FB and other characters that might be using your acct, put erroneous info in your profile. I had the School of Hard Knocks as my high school, FU as my political party (the Fed up party), my religion as “Love One Another.” Also, change your name a bit..If you want to be funny try Page Turner (just let your friends know what you are doing). Even misspell your name – then when someone googles your name for a job or looks for you- they can’t find you…Watch, they’ll make it mandatory to use your real name soon… And don’t give advertisers everything on a silver platter – stop liking pages. Also delete all your cookies each time you go on the web – that’s how FB tracks you to other advertisers. Bottom line – if you stick with FB- delete your acct today and then sign up as a new person. It might be better to do it from a different computer, say at a friend’s home. I don’t know how sophisticated FB is with tracking what IP addresses the accts are coming from- they might be able to recognize you by your IP address. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFH3uLuNL5Y

Hypocrite!

January 31st, 2012
1:36 pm

@Catlady
January 31st, 2012
1:20 pm
“Never have had any urge to FB. The people I want to interact with, I INTERACT with personally, except on this blog.”

/FTFY

Soccer MILF

January 31st, 2012
1:38 pm

I will never leave facebook. Its too important for my “friends” to know everything about what I am doing. how can my friends know if little Carter does something cute?

ABC

January 31st, 2012
1:46 pm

Not on FB and have no idea what Timeline is and why the issue is so contentious. I don’t want my life out on the interwebs for all to see, so I choose not to participate.

I love my computer!

January 31st, 2012
1:47 pm

Because all my friends live in it!

Chronic Facebook Users Anonymous

January 31st, 2012
1:51 pm

You can take my Facebook away when you can pry my keyboard from my cold dead hands!

Lori

January 31st, 2012
2:14 pm

People who are so freaked out must not understand the Timeline. Like HB said, it doesn’t affect your news feed, which is all most people look at anyway.

Jeff

January 31st, 2012
2:17 pm

No, I won’t leave. In the big picture, I like to keep up with people that I may not otherwise, and some that reinforce that I don’t want to be friends with. It’s an adaptation just like any other change in technology.

Paquet du 10

January 31st, 2012
2:28 pm

You know, I can’t tell whats gay anymore. For example…..Boxing. You have 2 men in their underwear, fighting for a belt. And those boxing gloves?…..They look more like mittenes to me.

Chronic Facebook Users Anonymous

January 31st, 2012
2:39 pm

I’ve checked my Fakebook and conversed with all of my 2389 good friends since I woke up this morning at 5:30 am.

Look at me!!!

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

justmy2cents

January 31st, 2012
2:43 pm

@ Paquet- don’t forget, they are fighting for a purse too!

On topic, I have the new timeline. No big deal to me since I keep my FB profile page pretty clean and delete things regularly. I am not searchable by name, so no employer issues there. What I can’t stand are all the people who play those games and are always posting what they need sent to them, etc.

I love my computer!

January 31st, 2012
3:23 pm

I went outside once. The graphics are not that good.

Penguinmom

January 31st, 2012
4:05 pm

@justmy2cents – i hate the game posts also. What I do is select ‘Hide all by this app’ the very first time a game post hits my news feed. Never again see the Farms, Mobs, etc that are requested and posted. The one game I play, I have set to never post my scores or activity.

ALLEN

January 31st, 2012
4:08 pm

My entire family across 3 states have all agreed to go back to email. We are sick of Facebook changing before we can learn the last new thing. Furthermore, OPTIONS is the key, not forcing me to do something. I hate the Timeline!

Frank Furter

January 31st, 2012
4:36 pm

I was thinking about starting a site called….ButtFace…Should be alot my friends signing up!
http://notquitedevils.com/

Roekest

January 31st, 2012
4:40 pm

OH MY GOD I HATE THE NEW TIMELINE SO MUCH, I’M JUST GOING TO RANT ABOUT IT ALL DAY LONG ON THE AJC!!!!!!!!!!

Give me a break!

January 31st, 2012
4:50 pm

Forever waiting for you people to stop drinking the FB kool-aid and get a REAL life with REAL friends!

Zuckerberg must be slapping himself silly while asking his mama to “pinch me”.

Lori

January 31st, 2012
4:59 pm

The newest annoyance is Pinterest. I like the site, and I do visit it, however, I don’t really need to see everyone’s Pinterest activity posted on my Facebook New Feed. I can go to Pinterest to see that!! Who has time for duplicate information?

Chuck

January 31st, 2012
5:10 pm

Not sure how I feel about the Timeline feature, but frankly, Facebook is a serious time-suck and at times, way more irritating than essential. It wouldn’t take much to push me off at this point.

Facebook has become way too big and self-important. A step back towards ‘real life’ doesn’t sound bad at all.

Private Lady

January 31st, 2012
5:13 pm

I left FB when they first announced the whole Timeline crap. It should be up to users to decide what to share, not FB or other any other web site. Privacy matters.

geek

January 31st, 2012
5:23 pm

hello GOOGLE+

Facebook Be Gone

January 31st, 2012
5:43 pm

Both of my daughters have dumped FB. The oldest, 19, stopped using it last fall. The other stopped around Christmas, declaring FB as “a stalker site” after she started getting IMs from scammers cloaked as “friends”. In their eyes, it’s just not worth the time & effort when you can do the same thing with other apps on your iPhones.

Mountain Man

January 31st, 2012
6:05 pm

Recently, while off FB for a moment, I noticed a vehicle stopped in my front yard placing something in a peculiar box with a rounded top and a flat bottom. When I investigated there were pieces of paper with my friends’ names on them — really! The peculiar box was nearly full of papers. Once cleaned out, I scrawled a friend’s name on some paper and asked him to make a post on FB if he received it. He did!

Before you run out to steal my idea, it’s (C) as FaceBox.

Sarah

January 31st, 2012
6:56 pm

I like the new Timeline. I think the layout is nice and I really like the cover photo idea. I don’t understand why people are so up in arms. The news feed is not affected. It is the same as it always was. Timeline only changes your personal or “home” page by allowing you to had a cover photo and it automatically organized your posts/pics by year. HOW IS THAT BAD?

I don’t know about anyone else, but I RARELY look at my own page. And when I do, it is now easier to go back and find things. Recently, I was comparing my kids photos from this Christmas to last to see how they have grown and changed. Timeline made it super easy to find last year’s pics. I don’t know… I don’t get what all the complaining is about.

Sarah

January 31st, 2012
6:58 pm

I agree with the other poster… PINTEREST is the new obsession in my circle. lol

Eric

January 31st, 2012
7:05 pm

No joke, I miss the 1980s (even the 1970s) and have NO desire to sign up for Facebook. I’ve always been skeptical of too much of information posted forever. Now the hens have come home to roost. Glad I don’t have to fool with it!

justmy2cents

January 31st, 2012
7:07 pm

I also use pinterest, but mostly so I can pin recipes that I want to try later. I have so many cookbooks and magazines in the house my hubby would probably kill me if I subscribed to another. :) This keeps it nice & tidy with no paper!

creative

January 31st, 2012
7:13 pm

Facebook is the worst thing on earth. Worse than white middle aged men wearing football jerseys and visors. Worse than women with calogen injections in their lips that make them look like a tuna. Worse than Larry the Cable Guy. Worse than black guys who wear sweat pants in public. Worse than Tyler Perry. It should be banned like dancing in Footloose. That’s the one thing the Baptists got right. Try living life and create real memories in your head. It’s great.
Love,
Steve Bartkowski

creative

January 31st, 2012
7:14 pm

Also, Why does anyone care what anyone else is doing? Just a thought.

Love,
Ron Paul

ABC

January 31st, 2012
7:23 pm

What’s Pinterest?

Eric

January 31st, 2012
7:31 pm

I meant to add . . . the problem with technology is 1) it ends up being more complex than necessary and 2) it’s constantly changing, meaning I spend my life not pursuing worthwhile ends, but how to “stay connected” with everything. What if I had to understand how my car was going to be rebuilt every 2-3 years!! But most people don’t seem to understand the dilemma.

creative

January 31st, 2012
7:42 pm

Disgruntled….Sepaku may be an option

Really?….. We are outlawing the use of the term….Really? We are bringing back….Not.

Eric….agreed sir

Love,
Scientologist Cheerleader

r

January 31st, 2012
7:49 pm

Already said goodbye. Deleted my account last week. FB is going outta style. That tyrant Zuckerberg will find a new playtoy.

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.