Facebook Timeline to be enforced by Autumn for everyone

Back in January we reported that Facebook would be forcing all of its users over to the new Timeline layout in just a few weeks, and for whatever reason that didn't happen. That is going to change though.

There's no escaping it now!

Timeline was first announced in September last year and went live in December, but the new profile wasn't forced on everyone. That will be changing very soon, again apparently. As we have reported before, Facebook will allow its users to preview their Timeline page privately for seven days before it becomes the permanent profile page for your account.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook have told them that they are finally going to enforce the changes for all of its 955 million users by Autumn, and that it will likely happen alongside the new photo view layout that we reported on yesterday. The reason for this change is simply to provide a consistent experience on Facebook.

The main page of your Timeline profile makes your messages look more like a chronological tree of events and messages, with special emphasis given to major events in a person's life such as a wedding, a new job and more. Some users of Facebook, as one might expect, have expressed their preference for the old profile page design; although we couldn't find a meaningful protest page on Facebook, the one we did find was a also private group, which could mean there will be little resistance to the change.

There's also no word if the tweaking done for Timeline will also be rolled out sometime in the near future.

Source: TechCrunch

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xpclient said,
Title should be: "Facebook to get unpopular by autumn for everyone due to chaotic timeline layout forced"

Yep, Timeline completely sucks. Why do they think so many users did not switch over? Page takes longer to load, harder to read. The layout may be more modern but of useability its a step backwards.

Neobond said,
Autumn in America, sorry.. maybe I should have said "Fall"?

Fall = Autumn?? But Autumn in Australia runs from March to May.

Alphanumeric said,

Fall = Autumn?? But Autumn in Australia runs from March to May.

"The astronomical fall (Northern Hemisphere) begins Saturday, September 22, 2012, and ends Thursday, December 20, 2012."

Hope that helps. Would've been better if they just said Q4 perhaps.

A few of my friends have moved to Timeline, and I can't find information on their page (a particular post or something) half as quickly as I can on the traditional layout.

Intrinsica said,
A few of my friends have moved to Timeline, and I can't find information on their page (a particular post or something) half as quickly as I can on the traditional layout.
Actually I find it much much easier. Can you find posts from two/three years ago on the Wall? If you like waiting a long time while you keep on clicking the link at the bottom. Timeline - select 2010, select July, DONE.

testman said,
DONE.
A fair point, although it seems odd that it's easier to find a post from 3 years ago than it is to find a post from 2 weeks ago...my eyes also bounce all over a page that has the timeline layout, which obviously takes up more time trying to find that same post.

Intrinsica said,
A fair point, although it seems odd that it's easier to find a post from 3 years ago than it is to find a post from 2 weeks ago...my eyes also bounce all over a page that has the timeline layout, which obviously takes up more time trying to find that same post.
CTRL+F works wonders

Intrinsica said,
A fair point, although it seems odd that it's easier to find a post from 3 years ago than it is to find a post from 2 weeks ago...my eyes also bounce all over a page that has the timeline layout, which obviously takes up more time trying to find that same post.

****ing... THIS. It's not exactly just a problem with Facebook though, but all social networks really. Annoying as hell, but I guess a search function would just create way too much of a bog on the servers? I mean, at least it'd seem that way for Facebook which is nearing one billion users.

I'm not stupid enough to stamp my feet and say I'm going to leave Facebook or whatever like several people above are implying that any detractors of Timeline do... but seriously their designers seem to make Facebook worse every time they update it. Timeline is utterly horrid and makes no sense to just browse it and I for one would just like the option to CHOOSE which look I have. Clearly they can run the two concurrently so why force everyone onto it?!

Chicane-UK said,
I'm not stupid enough to stamp my feet and say I'm going to leave Facebook or whatever like several people above are implying that any detractors of Timeline do... but seriously their designers seem to make Facebook worse every time they update it. Timeline is utterly horrid and makes no sense to just browse it and I for one would just like the option to CHOOSE which look I have. Clearly they can run the two concurrently so why force everyone onto it?!

The Chinese equivalent of FB (I think its either QZone or RenRen) allows you to chose your layout. One of which is suspiciously like FB.

A bit of user choice keeps everyone happy.

A consistent experience normally makes a for a better one.

I actually like timeline, I have never found browsing it to be a horrid experience at all.
It would be nice to have a common view across everyone and I expect it will be easier for FB to manage one set of code as well...

Chicane-UK said,
I'm not stupid enough to stamp my feet and say I'm going to leave Facebook or whatever like several people above are implying that any detractors of Timeline do... but seriously their designers seem to make Facebook worse every time they update it. Timeline is utterly horrid and makes no sense to just browse it and I for one would just like the option to CHOOSE which look I have. Clearly they can run the two concurrently so why force everyone onto it?!

I personally believe Timeline looks much better (in terms of design) than anything else Facebook have produced. But I do feel that Google+'s design is much better, and I reckon Timeline has the potential to look much better than it currently does.

I understand why you feel the way you do, though, even though I prefer Timeline to the previous profile layout.

Chicane-UK said,
I'm not stupid enough to stamp my feet and say I'm going to leave Facebook or whatever like several people above are implying that any detractors of Timeline do... but seriously their designers seem to make Facebook worse every time they update it. Timeline is utterly horrid and makes no sense to just browse it and I for one would just like the option to CHOOSE which look I have. Clearly they can run the two concurrently so why force everyone onto it?!

Facebook have no obligation to let you choose. Get used to it. It's better.

testman said,
Nah, YOU'RE wrong.

FB HAS THE OBLIGATION to let us choose because we´re who maintain Zuckerberg´s fortune at bay, so you´re terribly wrong.

Not switching is just stupid anyway. You'll still see Timeline (as far as I can tell) on other's profiles. It's not like it's helped you in any way really. Why not just conform and adapt?

I'm not the biggest fan of it either, but after months of use, it really does look crappy seeing an older profile.

dead.cell said,
Not switching is just stupid anyway. You'll still see Timeline (as far as I can tell) on other's profiles. It's not like it's helped you in any way really. Why not just conform and adapt?

I'm not the biggest fan of it either, but after months of use, it really does look crappy seeing an older profile.


I didnt have timeline, because i prefer the simple list from top to bottom, blog style of updates. altho it is still the same on the update page, the whole look of FB completely changes when you go check out a wall.
It was actually more consistent before.

Also the left-right switching posts on the wall can be quite anoying, top-bottom reading is faster then topleft-right-bottomleft-right in an anoying zigzag pattern.

Shadowzz said,

I didnt have timeline, because i prefer the simple list from top to bottom, blog style of updates. altho it is still the same on the update page, the whole look of FB completely changes when you go check out a wall.
It was actually more consistent before.

Also the left-right switching posts on the wall can be quite anoying, top-bottom reading is faster then topleft-right-bottomleft-right in an anoying zigzag pattern.

I'm not disagreeing with you. Trust me, I was on your side just a short while ago. I made the change as soon as possible though so I could get it over with and be set for whatever updates they may bring later on, instead of holding off and being totally lost once it's forced upon us.

I do sort of like the way its setup now, if only for the fact that I can sift through twice as much junk, even if I have to be slightly annoyed with the zigzag pattern.

MidnightDevil said,
And....

"I'M GONNA MOVE TO G+, AGAIN!"


How is it? found any activity yet? if so, make sure to report back! my G+ with dozens of friends (stupid gmail contact list) and not a single update in weeks

About goram time. I've had it since last December, it's excellent.

I can't wait for the flood of "OMG WTF I HATE FACEBOOK I'M LEAVING FOR GOOD THIS TIME!!!!" statuses.

/popcorn

Kaidiir said,
About goram time. I've had it since last December, it's excellent.

I can't wait for the flood of "OMG WTF I HATE FACEBOOK I'M LEAVING FOR GOOD THIS TIME!!!!" statuses.

/popcorn


I personally really prefer the old blog style. not only does the timeline look horrid, its also allot more resource intensive for no reason!
Kinda sucks, I got forced into it, my own facebook showed me timeline, altho to others it was still the old style. so i just enabled it
Dont like the change, but ah well. its changed... carry on

My absolute favorite are the people who whined and begged for Timeline (when they weren't offering it to everyone), but once they had it they tweaked and hacked and offered up their first born children to get rid of it (My other half included in that. It took a month to get Timeline and he whined the entire time. Two days after he got it, he asked me to remove it. At which point I of course laughed and told him to suffer haha).

Personally, I think Timeline is/was a huge step for Facebook and the "chronological tree of events" look suits Facebook extremely well.

Blackhearted said,
I guess this means i gotta finally figure out something to use for a cover picture when this comes.

Actually, you can always leave your cover photo blank. It's just really attractive to have one on display.

Neobond said,
Yeah I mentioned this in the article, was supposed to happen a few weeks after January!

Ahh yes, I have read it now, teaches me to skim read *winks* I have adapted so much to the timeline look now that when I see the odd profile with the older design it completely throws me.