Have you checked out the music section on the timeline yet?
If you’ve ever logged on to an online music streaming service using your Facebook credentials, you’re going to need to spend some quality time curating a portion of the timeline that might not be visible to you at first.
Rigging your accounts on Spotify or other music streaming service to not post to the news feed on Facebook doesn’t affect the music section on the timeline. The same goes for social reader applications, likes and other sections — my discussion of the music section really serves as an example for all the other areas of the timeline.
There’s really no such thing as spending too much time preparing your timeline for public viewing. The longer you’ve had your Facebook account and the more active you’ve been, the greater the number of discoveries you’ll continue to make on this interactive archive of your social media activity.
Depending on how actively you use any of the online streaming services that connect to Facebook, a box labeled music appears beneath the activity log button on the lower right-hand side of your profile.
If you don’t see it right away, clicking on the small box with the numeral on it will produce the box labeled music.
You can also move the placement of any box in this area by clicking on the upper-right-hand corner of the box, which will produce a pencil icon and then a pulldown menu.
Click on that box labeled music, and you see that the timeline default shows your four most played songs, albums and musical artists.
You need to click on the pencil icons near each row of these items to hide or feature each of them.
And within each row, moving your mouse over to the upper left-hand corner of each individual story or box will also produce a similar pulldown menu, asking you whether you want to hide or feature a single item or the category it belongs to.
And if you’ve used your Facebook credentials to log on to more than one music streaming service, you may have to go through the aforementioned editing process for each account.
I suspect that most people will like seeing their musical tastes featured on the timeline, but folks whose friend lists include professional contacts and family might want to hide part or all of the music section if the songs, albums and artists include things outside of the mainstream.
I also suspect that Facebook’s ongoing effort to make the privacy settings more granular may someday include giving selective friend lists the ability to see parts of the music section on the timeline — and ditto for the subsections.
For now, the best advice we can offer regarding the timeline is to take your time editing it and recheck everything using the “view as” feature to preview what your profile looks like to different individuals on your friend list and also the public.
Readers, what are you discovering about your timeline?