Feeds

Facebook rolls out Timeline to world+dog

Brace yourself for 'frictionless sharing' ... bitch

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Facebook is finally rolling out its Timeline feature worldwide, after the company first announced the latest tweak to its social network in September.

As we reported last week, beyond select partners and developers, New Zealanders using Facebook were the only section of Zuck's vast global stalkerbase to get their hands on Timeline.

Now it's being pushed out to all users of the site.

Facebook described Timeline as "an easy way to rediscover the things you shared, and collect your most important moments. It also lets you share new experiences, like the music you listen to or the miles you run."

Zuckerberg has referred to this latest rejig of Facebook as "Frictionless sharing" - it's the future for his social network. The idea being that users have a much more beefy record of their life as chronicled on the dominant website.

The word "profile" has been replaced throughout Facebook with the word "timeline" to reflect the network's makeover.

Meanwhile a quick test by this reporter of the new feature discovered that Facebook has moved the "view as ..." option for individual profiles out of its privacy settings menu. It's now been relegated to a drop down menu on a user's main page, making it far better hidden than before the Timeline overhaul.

The "view as..." option allows paranoid users to check that their privacy settings are, well, as watertight as they can be on what is ostensibly a site that's all about "sharing" with family and friends, but is really about harvesting data for advertisers.

Facebook has replaced "view as" within its privacy setting pages with a "editing your timeline info" button, which allows users to edit details about their work, education, love life, and so on.

Facebook said it had "simplified" its privacy settings page. Here's why:

"You can choose who sees your status updates, photos and profile info using the inline audience selector — when you share or afterwards."

Those controls, Facebook said, are "now up front".

It's added a feature called "activity log" that allows users to adjust the privacy setting on each post. Facebook is expecting users to be happy to carry out so much admin on the network, but many will argue that the fun of updates and, dare we say it - online social interaction - just got zucked dry. ®

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

More from The Register

next story
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.