Why Facebook Timeline Makes Me Want to Log Off

Rant 12

facebook timelineOkay, so Facebook's Timeline is here to stay. You can either switch up your profile now -- and arrange everything all pretty just like you want -- or you can wait until the social networking site does it for you, as they're making it mandatory for all users. I chose the former. And I'm gonna be honest, I'm none too pleased about it.

Every few weeks, months, whatever, Facebook rolls out some new change. And every few weeks, months, whatever, the masses revolt (of course, to no avail). Usually, everyone comes around to whatever change Zuckerberg et. al. threw our way, including myself. But Timeline is different. I foresee it being timelessly annoying.

It's so ... garish. I don't know. I get that the point of Facebook is communication -- it has nothing to do with aesthetics (Lord knows, or they would have gotten rid of the heinous blue and white logo a long time ago). But the gargantuan photo at the top of everyone's page and the two columns jumbling massive amounts of information together -- it's just not fun to look at. It kind of makes the head spin, because it's so much to take in at once. With the old format, things were easier to read, simpler to understand. Now, I'm not sure if I should look to the left column or to the right -- one doesn't really seem more current than the other. Am I missing something? Does everything have to be a 2.0 version?

Also, from what I understand, the new profile format makes sharing your information -- with advertisers and the world -- a heck of a lot easier. This, I dislike. Facebook is already known for partaking in plenty of is-it-or-isn't legal practices to share your info. How much more can we take?

Regardless of my general disdain for the new Timeline, though, I'm not going to be one of those people who says they're quitting Facebook. Because I know I won't. For the time being, I'll just suffer in silence. Until I come around to it. 

What do you think of the new Timeline format? Have you changed your profile yet?


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PonyC... PonyChaser

Honestly, I'm resigned to it. But I'd like to vent for a minute about something, and who knows? Maybe someone else will have encountered and solved this particular problem...

My husband is blind. He uses Facebook. Yeah, it's pretty cool - he has this program called JAWS that reads everything (and I mean every-thing: every link, every column separator, everything) to him.

Well, Facebook keeps changing and upgrading, and seems to be leaving him in the dust. More and more things are inaccessible to him. It seems like they maintain the very bare minimum of accessibility standards, and let it go at that. It's getting harder and harder for him to use the program.

I wish FB would slow down and make changes that will include everyone.

nonmember avatar Stephanie.r.e

I don't like it at all. It's a bit confusing to read as the two sides. I probably won't delete my profile but I know I used to log on daily sometimes more than once, since i switched over I have only logged on once in 3 days..

Stacey. Stacey.

I hate facebook.

TLVitale TLVitale

I was really thrown off at first but now I love it. The two columns really confused me, but of you look you can see they tie to a vertical line that goes down the middle of the page. That's the "timeline" so you read it like you would read a timeline, although those are usually horizontal haha. So you just read the top left box, then the right box, then left, then right. Still annoying but you get used to it. What I like best is getting to relive certain moments in my life and things I said during them, like everything I said while I was pregnant or during my first few months of mom-dom. It's funny to read some of the things I wrote or jokes I made about my daughter. And, maybe it's nosy, but I can't wait til I can do the same with my friends. See what they were up to before I met them. As for the privacy, I can't say I know much about that, except to say that they don't have my social, phone number, address, any of that stuff...so there's nothing of mine they can share with anybody that would really concern me, that I know of at least.

Lovin... LovingKentucky

I never actually look at my profile so I don't care what it looks like. Checking the news feeds & viewing pictures are relatively the same so I'm happy.

nonmember avatar zizzler

who looks at profiles anyhow? Just stick to the news feed, unless you're being a creeper? I didn't like timeline until I got it. If you hate it so much relax--they'll prob change it in a year like everything else.

nikol... nikolita87

I hate Timeline and will not switch over until Facebook makes that decision for me! Enjoying my basic profile while I still can.

CPN322 CPN322

zizzler - you kind of have to look at the profile to comment on the persons wall.

HATE the new timeline. Not sure what I'm going to do because I don't like Twitter or Myspace :/


I thought it was going to be HORRIBLE and I was so pleasantly surprised. It's only your wall that changes and really, how much time are you on your own wall? I hardly ever am. Also, I thought the whole format was changing but the status and chatting parts haven't changed. I'm not sure why people hate it so much. You've always been able to go back and see what you said 5 years ago so I don't see the problem there either. I have a young friend who's all in a dither because she has to delete everything she said. I asked her why and she said "so nobody can see it." Doesn't she realize everyone has already seen it? She's already said all those things so why do they bother her now?

I kind of like it and I wish I'd have just gotten it sooner so I wouldn't have spent all that time dreading something that wasn't worth the bother of worrying about.

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