How to Opt Out of Facebook’s ‘Timeline’ Feature

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 Timeline Layout

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

Note: This is meant to work only if you registered as a developer to get the Timeline features. Once the feature goes live for all users, as Facebook has promised, this method will not work.

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.

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Passionate about technology, books, history, cricket and politics. I like to think I am platform agnostic. rtCamp Blog Network - Editor -in- Chief