Social media has become a prominent tool in today’s society. People enjoy reconnecting with old friends and staying up to date on the latest gossip or new happenings. Over 800 million users have joined the most popular social media website, Facebook. Facebook has undergone many facelifts since it was first launched in 2004. Users have grumbled about the different changes, but eventually got used to them.
Well get ready Facebook users, its changing again!
Facebook had the new Timeline option up for voluntary use for a few months. Starting Tuesday January 31, 2012 the Timeline will permanently replace the old profile format. Users will now have an easy way of seeing their past. Before, users could click on “old posts” to see what was written or shared. As a Yahoo News report recently described, “Timeline allows people to jump to the older material more quickly.”
Facebook is suggesting that users should clean up their old material before Timeline’s official launch. That way, all those ghosts of years past won’t suddenly emerge to newer friends and colleagues.
Users who have not logged on to Facebook in a while will also have their profiles automatically switched. Facebook also suggests that they clean up their past postings before the switch as well.
For those who now are out of school and in the working world, coworkers or bosses will have an easier time seeing that wild party pictures from user’s college years. Timeline will allow users to move components around in their profiles and hide posts or pictures from certain people.
Facebook users will also have the opportunity to change their privacy settings so that certain pictures will remain hidden from everyone but the user or the user’s close friends. Timeline will also allow users to change the date on a photo album to move it closer to when the pictures were actually taken.
The new Timeline will have many more new options for Facebook users to get acquainted with. One thing that will not change is the advertisements on the side of a user’s profile page. Affiliate marketing sites want to direct interesting ads specifically to what users like. The new Timeline has many interesting features, but users should take precautions with hiding embarrassing, old information.