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In the news today facebook will soon make the timeline mandatory.
Until now, Timeline, the new feature of Facebook (FB), has been voluntary to its 800 million users across the globe. But looks like a majority of the users are not too happy about the fact that it has been made compulsory, as they no longer have a choice.
A survey conducted by the security firm Sophos reveals that out of 4,000 Facebook users, only eight per cent of those polled said they liked the change. The new Timeline will group all publicly viewable messages, comments and photographs by date. The idea is to create a scrap book format, profiling a user’s virtual life story, which can be seen by friends on their homepage. A good number of city’s Facebook users too are miffed at the mandatory Timeline.
Neelam Jain, a commerce student, opines, “apart from the cover picture, nothing about the Timeline is interesting. Nobody is interested is what one has done on Facebook page ages ago. It’s confusing, annoying and definitely not user-friendly.” Agreeing with her a corporate sector employee, Srinath Dhalavai, points out, “FB was known for the freedom it gives to its users and this is so unlike them to make anything “mandatory”. Also, it clearly has a lot of privacy issues because not everyone likes to share everything about their past.”
The privacy issue appears to be the sore point for almost everyone. Vishnu Mamidipudi, a regular FB user, muses, “with Timeline, nothing is private as in anything or everything you ever did on Facebook is there all the time and privacy is gone. But, I guess if you update your privacy settings it shouldn’t matter.”
I am a regular user of Bebo. When they brought in the new profile layout we were able to use the old layout if we wished. But... Last night (Wednesday 2nd September '09) they automatically changed everyones profile to the new one, without the members permission or without a word of warning.
Now they have decided to give us four different options. Four of which not many people like, including myself. One option is similar to the old layout but I still dont like it.
For skin designers, this now makes our skins look all weird. It just destroys them. And for others it is just hard to get used to because the new layout is a mess, everything is all over the place.
Bebo is a handy Social Network to get in touch with your friends and have fun with apps etc. But with this change alot of people are going to delete their accounts and transfer to Facebook or MySpace instead. To be honest, I feel Bebo are digging their own grave here, by not giving us a choice. If they do end up losing alot of members, they only have themselves to blame.
Ok, so I have decided to make a petition to TRY and get an option for the old profile layout back. They might not listen but at least we have tried.
So... If you are a Bebo member and you hate the new layout and you want an option for the old one please sign this petition.
When we get a relatively good amount of signatures we will send it on to Bebo and see if they will do anything.