Remember my post of March 14 extolling the virtues of Facebook’s new Timeline? Well, I’m exercising the right to change my mind! I have come to the conclusion, after making use (or trying to make use) of the new Timeline that, in actuality, it kind of sucks!!
Furthermore, I’m not alone. I’ve done some research and have spoken to numerous people, and this seems to be the overwhelming response to what is arguably Facebook’s most critical transformation to date.
But, that’s about it. Over and above what I’ve mentioned, there’s really nothing that impresses about the new Timeline. In fact, some of the comments I’ve read hold nothing back. Here are few snippets:
“It’s just too cluttered.”
“…a pain in the arse!”
“I can’t find anything…”
You get the point. And, I’m afraid I must agree. Here’s a link to a poll featured on msn.com that drives the point home: http://www.technolog.msnbc.msn.com/technology/technolog/facebook-timeline-poll-overwhelming-negative-reaction-84717
The new Timeline appears jumbled, confusing and just downright unappealing. It’s simply not well-structured or user-friendly. And to boot, there seem to be a lot of people expressing concerns with the issue of privacy – or lack thereof – with the new set-up. I heard one person say that it certainly makes Facebook more “stalker-friendly”. And, uh … well, that’s just not a good thing! To that point, I’ll reiterate one more time – watch what you post! Never post any content or photos that you don’t want the whole world to see – and don’t forget to make use of those privacy settings.
In summary, I’ll concede that, given the past positives of Facebook and all it does have to offer from both the personal and business points of view, I believe that most of us will stick it out and try to adapt. But, only time will tell…
What do you think about Facebook’s new Timeline? Please leave a comment and let me know! And, in the meantime – Happy Facebooking!!!