You may have heard about Facebook’s new Timeline and now it's finally rolling out on December 24.
Filling out the Timeline can be a fun and even contemplative project as we get ready to start a new year. Maybe scan a few photos when you visit your relatives or friends, post a photo that illustrates that special event on your Timeline such as graduation or your wedding. It is good to remember that our ‘friends’ on Facebook are in fact, our friends.
What Is It?
You can preview how your Timeline will look by logging in at the introductory site. This gives you the chance to construct what will appear when it goes public. Once you activate Timeline on your page you have seven days to prepare how it will appear and update missing or incorrect information. You can choose a banner image, add significant dates, photos and decide what to share and with whom.
All of your privacy settings remain the same, but it is probably a good idea to revisit your settings; just click on the down arrow to the right of the word ‘Home’ on the top right of your page. You can set up groups so that things you might want to share with your family can be kept away from your work contacts or only share some things with your closest friends. Pay attention to your settings for photos that you share or whether or not you will let friends ‘tag’ you in photos that are shared with a wider public. If you open the settings for “Apps, games and websites”, be sure to decide if you want a limited preview of your Timeline to appear in public search information.
Facebook has faced a lot of public criticism over the past few years over privacy, and rightly so, but there seems to be a lot more you can do to keep private photos, statuses and other information if you take the time to walk through each privacy setting and think about what you want to share. Sometimes we even find that we don’t share things that we want to. A friend of mine was upset to have no ‘Happy Birthday’ messages on their wall, feeling sorry for themself for being ignored when they realized that they had kept that information private even from their friends.
Sharing a bit more about ourselves, our shared experiences and our ever changing tastes can help bring us closer and remind us why we became friends in the first place.