Facebook's Timeline won't work on IE7

If you are still a user of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 web browser and are also an avid Facebook user, you might have noticed something a bit odd. While other and more recent web browser can now access and use Facebook's Timeline profile feature, The Sociable reports that IE7 users can't see or use the Timeline feature.

Instead, those web browser fans can only see the previous profile page of their own and other Facebook users, along with what The Sociable calls "a number of very evident styling issues caused by IE7’s treatment of the style sheet language CSS."

It's likely that in the future, Facebook could dump support for IE7 entirely. It's certainly not a bad thing as Microsoft has since released two more modern versions of IE and will launch Internet Explorer 10 around the time it will also launch the Windows 8 operating system. The story points out that IE7 is currently only used by 4 percent of PC web browser owners.

Microsoft has already announced plans to offer automatic upgrades for older IE versions which will begin later in 2012. That should cut down on IE7's market share drastically and should also allow Facebook and other web sites to stop supporting IE7 completely.

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It would be nice for facebook to not allow IE7 to view the site at all, forcing people who don't realise to upgrade. They've definately got the power to do that with how relient people are on it and how often they use it

AdamLC said,
I still need to support IE6 at work lol
I felt your pain Adam, thankfully we've recently stopped supporting IE6 and adopted a "2 versions old" approach, meaning sadly we still support IE7. We have however decided to more commonly use technologies such as CSS3, and simply ensure progressive enhancement.

Richard Herman said,
I felt your pain Adam, thankfully we've recently stopped supporting IE6 and adopted a "2 versions old" approach, meaning sadly we still support IE7. We have however decided to more commonly use technologies such as CSS3, and simply ensure progressive enhancement.

A step in the right direction, none the less.

Richard Herman said,
I felt your pain Adam, thankfully we've recently stopped supporting IE6 and adopted a "2 versions old" approach, meaning sadly we still support IE7. We have however decided to more commonly use technologies such as CSS3, and simply ensure progressive enhancement.

I wish we could just stop lol! Our biggest client (Boots) still use IE6, so we don't have much choice

that's a good thing as hopefully it will push people into using a modern browser as it seems a lot of average joe PC users are on Facebook and hopefully that makes them more aware to upgrade.

Not that anyone should use IE7 but Facebook Timeline annoys me very much. The earlier layout seems far more clean and accessible compared to the Timelime. I get lost on the profiles of those who have the Timeline.

The company a buddy of mine works for wants to support IE6 and IE7 now as a result of Facebook not working with them.

Looks like companies are using this tactic as a natural Facebook blocker.

Dot Matrix said,
Looks like companies are using this tactic as a natural Facebook blocker.

Are they too lazy to set up a firewall or something like that? I've always wondered...

Dot Matrix said,
The company a buddy of mine works for wants to support IE6 and IE7 now as a result of Facebook not working with them.

Looks like companies are using this tactic as a natural Facebook blocker.


Haha, sounds like a horrible IT department. Running updated software will most likely serve the company better. They can take care of the Facebook "issue" with other, far better, means.

Northgrove said,

Haha, sounds like a horrible IT department. Running updated software will most likely serve the company better. They can take care of the Facebook "issue" with other, far better, means.

From the sounds of it, they're pretty lazy.

imachip said,

Worse is trolling...


It's not OK to say that you dislike both Timeline and IE? Would it have been OK to you if he had only disliked FB? What's special about IE? I have an easy time understanding why especially IE 7 is disliked. It truly sucks especially if you intend to build a HTML 5 site. It doesn't even have an HTML 5 parser.

Northgrove said,

It's not OK to say that you dislike both Timeline and IE? Would it have been OK to you if he had only disliked FB? What's special about IE? I have an easy time understanding why especially IE 7 is disliked. It truly sucks especially if you intend to build a HTML 5 site. It doesn't even have an HTML 5 parser.

Sorry I get annoyed when anyone rights off an entire product line without justification. Internet Explorer 9 is a huge step forward for MS and 6 was great for its day. 7 is over 5 years old so you can't blame MS for people not upgrading their browser. It was only in 2008 that the first draft of HTML5 was published... MS was silly to add support on so late to IE8.

Whilst I prefer to use Pale Moon (Firefox) myself as my choice, many people are happy with IE and I'm sure that somewhere someone likes the Timeline feature of Facebook

We were finally able to cut support for IE6 on my company's e-commerce site just recently...I wish we could cut IE7 too, but there's something like 14% of our visitors still using it! :-/

It's amazing the amount of time we spend on IE7 compatibility. IE8 doesn't support any of the new stuff, but at least most of the bugs were taken care of so as long as you keep IE8's limitations in mind while designing you usually don't have to spend much time fixing issues.

I'm really looking forward to the day when everyone is using at least IE10, but that's probably 10-15 years away at the rate people upgrade... *sigh*

JonathanMarston said,
We were finally able to cut support for IE6 on my company's e-commerce site just recently...I wish we could cut IE7 too, but there's something like 14% of our visitors still using it! :-/

It's amazing the amount of time we spend on IE7 compatibility. IE8 doesn't support any of the new stuff, but at least most of the bugs were taken care of so as long as you keep IE8's limitations in mind while designing you usually don't have to spend much time fixing issues.

I'm really looking forward to the day when everyone is using at least IE10, but that's probably 10-15 years away at the rate people upgrade... *sigh*

if its 14% visitors and not buyers I would definetely drop IE7 support from my ecommerce site.

I like how Microsoft cut IE6 support in SharePoint 2010 which most medium to large size companies use these days. That forced a lot of admins to think that it is time they moved to another OS alltogether. With XP Support still 2 years away, I see a lot of people sticking to it till the end if not beyond.
The fact that IE will now self-update will change a lot of things, meaning that only XP users will be the cancer of HTML5/CSS3 since Vista and 7 can take IE9 with comprehensive support for the standard at a minimum. Microsoft should push IE10 to Vista, 7 and 8 to keep the oldest OS refresh. Mind you it looks like Vista support is about to die altogether.

Some places do use IE7, e.g workplaces for compliance with software support, i know where i work does...due to compliance with National Applications because people like BT wont get their arse into gear and do testing!!

IE7 is out of date and buggy, and not recommended to be used. if you want to disable Facebook Timeline, you should use a modern browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera, and set that browser up to impersonate IE7, a guide to setting your browser to impersonate IE7 and hence disable Facebook Timeline is here: http://fbpurity.com/disable-facebook-timeline.htm

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