Just 1 in 10 Facebook users support proposed 'Timeline' Feature
30 January 2012
Fewer than 1 in 10 Facebook users support its plans to make its biographical timeline feature compulsory according to a recent survey by Sophos.
As part of a overhaul of the site, all publicly viewable messages, comments and photographs will be grouped together by date, creating a chronological life story of the user.
It means that any forgotten musings, embarrassing photographs or even messages of affection for a past lover will be easily viewed.
At present other users can only find material from several years ago by trawling through past pages.
Some critics claim that the change could erode users' privacy but Facebook insists that it will not make anything publicly available which is not already viewable.
A survey of 4,000 Facebook users by the security form Sophos found that only 8% said that they liked the change.
Whilst 51% of those who took part said that they were worried by the new format while another 8% said that they would get used to it.
Users are to be notified in the next few weeks and then will be given seven days to go through their profiles deleting anything they do not want to be visible on their timeline.
A spokesperson for Facebook said: "Timeline does not change any of your existing privacy settings."
There will be an activity log which will allow people to apply a extra privacy settings to each post.
"It will show you all of your posts and activity - from today back to when you first started using Facebook.
"Only you can see your activity log. You can use it to easily review and choose who sees what you've shared on your Timeline."
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