Facebook’s new Timeline feature looks set to really enrage users after it emerged the ability to anonymously “defriend” people will become a thing of the past.
Using the new Timeline feature, which is set to be rolled out in the near future, users will be able to see all their entire Facebook history, including their shifting friends lists.
Facebook Timeline will allow users to see which of your previous “friends” at some point decided to end the relationship along with every picture, message and app used.
Community manager at Mashable Meghan Peters told BuzzFeed:
“There is a way where you can go in to a certain point in time and basically, if you look at your friends tab, maybe from three years ago, and you see the <<Add Friend>> button from someone in that list, that will basically tell you that they have defriended you since you became their friend.
“I think that people will definitely be upset by it.
“I mean, it always hurts to know that someone isn’t your friend anymore.”
Facebook is trying to evolve from an Internet hangout where people swing by to share tidbits, links and photos to a homestead decorated with the memories, dreams and diversions of its 800 million users.
In what may be the boldest step yet in the company’s seven-year history, Facebook is redesigning its users’ profile pages to create what CEO Mark Zuckerberg says is a “new way to express who you are”.
Facebook is introducing new ways for people to connect with friends, brands and games while also sharing details about their lives from the mundane to the intimate.
“If you look at Facebook’s history, obviously they are not afraid of making change,” said Sean Corcoran, an analyst with Forrester Research.
“They have done a lot of big changes in the past and people have gotten upset. But most of the time Facebook has been right.”
Mark Zuckerberg introduced the Facebook Timeline along with new entertainment and media company partnerships on Thursday in San Francisco, at the annual “f8” conference attended by about 2,000 entrepreneurs, developers and journalists.
The event was also being broadcast to, at one point, more than 100,000 online viewers.
The changes seek to transform how and how much people share things online, just as Facebook has been doing since its scrappy start as a college-only network.
What is Facebook Timeline?
Facebook Timeline, which will eventually replace users’ current profile pages, is reminiscent of an online scrapbook filled with the most important photos, video, music and text that they have shared on Facebook over the years.
Facebook Timeline can go back to include years before Facebook even existed, so users can add photos and events from, say 1995 when they got married or 1970 when they were born.
It is intended to replace the current layout, but critics have said it may alienate some of the “older” Facebook generation.
The redesigned Facebook pages have a more magazine-like photo-heavy feel, with a large “cover photo at the top of the page .
On the right of the page there will be a timeline that breaks down all posts from a person’s time on Facebook and allows viewers to jump back to people’s earliest posts with a break down month-by-month.
For the first time, the site will allow you to add photos and content from before Facebook existed in a new “Way Back” section.
Mark Zuckerberg said the new profile page had been designed so that, “you can tell the whole story of your life on a single page”.