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Facebook "Timeline": It Does Not Work, No Opt Out
Facebook "Timeline": It Does Not Work, No Opt Out

Every single person, organization and business using Facebook Pages will be forced on March 30, 2012, WITHOUT CHOICE, to use a timeline that is not necessary, impedes communication, and affects privacy and malfunctions.

You can see a preview of timeline here: https://www.facebook.com/about/timeline

The Facebook timeline has been put in place for business, organization and community pages. The timeline hampers communication, is technically faulty, graphically heavy, and is not user friendly. Regardless of how the technology functions, users do not have a choice. This is against net neutrality, an Internet principle that Facebook supports.

EPIC [Electronic Privacy Information Center] is asking the FTC [Federal Trade Commission] to look further into Timeline because Facebook is already under scrutiny for privacy issues of the past. You can read more here: http://epic.org/privacy/facebook/

As an IT Tech, business owner, and public relations, I am currently test driving Timeline  profossionally and personally.

Here are JPEG examples of how faulty Timeline is.

  • 1. This is a random comment from July of 2010, that appeared on my business page this week, that I, nor the person who had posted it, had put there. 
  • 2. This is usually how my business page looks on any given day.
  • 3.. This handy administration panel is what I usually see on my business page. It is not supposed to be there unless I access it; however, Timeline places it there randomly. I have to click the "HIDE" option at the top at least 4-5 times before I post an update on my business page.
  • 4. To the left of this picture there is a timeline of the years I have had this page. With one click, anyone can access any given year and all of the information. This is an easy way for anyone to see one has been doing for as long one has been on Facebook.
  • Thankfully, this option rarely works, pages load slowly saving anyone from accessing your information that normally one had to scroll through years and years of posts to access.
  • 5. This is usually what is seen if anyone wishes to access my prior business posts in February of 2012.

Those are only 5 examples, there are many more.

In addition to the above, people [the public to all business, organizations and anyone that has a page in Facebook] have expressed to me personally that they have visited Timeline pages less frequent due to faulty functionality, extensive graphics and inability to spend extra time to access and post. 

Using Timeline on my personal page, as well as my business, has made it more difficult to communicate and share information, privacy settings are readjusted without your consent, anyone can easily click on random information without you allowing it and in order to tighten up your own security, as a business, it takes at least 4 - 5 days to clear up anything you may have had on Facebook that you do not wish others to see.

I fail to see how Timeline will help brands, businesses and organizations when people do not wish to visit the pages due to Timeline and the interface malfunctions. 


As a business owner, public relations executive, human rights advocate and journalist, I began a petition because there is no choice regarding using Timeline.

Please sign and share: https://www.change.org/petitions/give-facebook-users-choice-to-use-timeline?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition

This petition will be delivered to all corporate offices of Facebook to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder, in order for Facebook to give people an OPTION to use Timeline.


"Net Neutrality is the Internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. This is the definition of an open Internet. It guarantees a level playing field for all websites and Internet technologies.

Net Neutrality is the reason the Internet has driven online economic innovation, democratic participation and free speech. It protects our right to use any equipment, content, application or service without interference from the network provider.

With Net Neutrality, the network's only job is to move data — not choose which data to privilege with higher-quality service and which to demote to a slower lane. Supporters of Net Neutrality include leading tech companies such as Amazon, eBay, Intel, Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo." - Save The Internet 

Timeline stands against net neutrality, an Internet principle that Facebook supports.

If changes are not implemented by Facebook to give users a choice to "OPT OUT" of using an interface that simply does not work, I foresee a drastic downfall of the quality of information that will be available on Facebook.

As of March 30, Timeline features will automatically apply to personal and business pages without you choosing this option.  Facebook is going to do that for you.

Once mass implemented on March 30, there is no deactivation of timeline.

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