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Many Facebook members are extremely unhappy with the new timelines and personal pages redesign.
None of us have been given a choice about whether we wanted this and just because Facebook services can be used for free does not take away people's rights to choose whether or not they want a particular feature.
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.”
Facebook has consistently and persistently forced personal layout changes on the users, with complete disregard to personal interest.
More specifically, the recently introduced timeline, once added cannot be removed.
Facebook created Timeline, but did not create a way to eliminate it if you did not like it.