In mid-September, Facebook announced a radical change to its layout. The Timeline feature has made many Facebook users, register as developers. This is because of a trick that allows developers to get Timeline feature on their Facebook profile. So like millions of others, I ended up registering myself as a developer and activating Timeline on my profile. The profile looked a bit like the screenshot below.
Facebook has delayed rolling out Timeline for all users possibly fearing a backlash.
In case you are feeling stuck on Timelines; you might want to delete the dummy app you created to simply revert back to the old layout or opt-out of Timeline.
Opt-Out of Facebook Timeline
- Firstly, this works for users who registered as a developer to get the new timeline feature. Visit the developer page on Facebook (developers.facebook.com).
- Now look up the App settings which was created to register as a developer for getting Timeline on your profile.
- At the App settings on the left hand corner you can see a link to delete the app (see image).
- Now look up your profile on Facebook and you are back to the old layout.
Why Facebook Timelines could never be released?
Taking a straw poll of my friends, I found that most people did not find Timeline adding in a big way to their Facebook usage. Some simply found the change of design too radical. Facebook in the past has simply not cared about feedback from users; but with Google+ around, they will be forced to not alienate their users to the extent they might move away from Facebook.
My intuition is that Facebook might release ‘timeline’ with a layout which is a lot similar to the linear way people look at their profile or they might allow users to opt-in and opt-out for them to get used to the new profile layouts.
Do you like Timelines on Facebook? Do drop in your comments.