Facebook: Timeline Roll-Out Starts In 'Smaller Countries' Within Weeks [UPDATED]

Facebook users who have resisted the conversion to the new timeline profile: The end of the line is near.

Timeline will become mandatory to all users within what a Facebook spokesperson calls “a few smaller countries” over the next few weeks. Those first markets will make a final test of performance before the rest of the site gets the advanced profile.

A telling sign of Facebook users’ sentiments about the advanced profile: The most trafficked story on our site right now is “Can You Take The Timeline Off Your Facebook Profile?”

A spokesperson for Facebook reiterated in an email that the advanced profile will be mandatory, not an opt-in phenomenon:

In the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline. We know adjustments can be difficult, especially with something as personal as Facebook. Since timeline became generally available late last year, we’ve received a lot of positive feedback. We will continue to listen and gather feedback as more people get timeline so we know what’s working and what can still be improved.

Facebook users who are converted to timeline will have seven days to review all of their content and decide what should be visible and what shouldn’t, as well as to whom.

We strongly suggest taking advantage of the seven-day grace period and becoming familiar with timeline’s activity log tool, as every action users have ever taken on Facebook will be visible unless deemed otherwise by the users.

And we wonder how much the timing of Facebook’s announcement had to do with the upgrades of open graph applications to place stories on timeline, as announced last week.

It seems like the social network is tuned in more to developers and when their action items, which will show up in the right-hand column on Facebook, and less to its users, many of whomhave remained steadfast in their opposition to the new profile design.

Facebook users who are not tech-savvy are concerned about the amount of personal data they must go through in seven days, and even among those who are technically proficient, some just have no desire to post full online biographies, on Facebook or elsewhere.

However, Facebook seems to be showing zero inclination to make timeline an opt-in feature, and today’s announcement pushes the new design one step closer to reality for all of its users.

Next up, Facebook will extend timeline to pages, said a spokesperson for the company:

As we said at f8, we believe that consistency in both functionality and appearance increase use of Facebook. We hope to make Pages more consistent with the Timeline in the future, but we have nothing further to share at this time.

Readers, do you think Facebook is doing the right thing in making timeline mandatory for all?

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