Unraveling the Facebook Timeline Launch Mystery

Ever since Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook Timeline at the F8 event last month, the social media world has been busy trying to guess when the new profile layout — which focuses on users’ entire lives rather than their most recent updates — will launch for all Facebook users.

Would it be Septembre 29? Obviously not, since that date came and went. Octobre 6? Nope, same story. How about Octobre 19? Probably not.

Here’s why: When users activate the Timeline feature, Facebook gives them a date when their personal profiles will publish. It does not necessarily refer to the date when all users will receive the feature, and varies from user to user. For example, mine was released a couple of days ago (I think).

Apparently, the date when Timeline profiles go live seems to relate to when the profile was activated. Someone who activates today, for instance, receives a later date than someone who activated a couple of days ago.

Some sources have interpreted the multiple dates as evidence that Facebook has pushed back its public launch of Timelines, perhaps as a result of a the lawsuit that was filed by Timelines.com (nothing in the legal filing indicates that Facebook changed its Timeline launch date). It is more likely that the feature is intended to launch gradually rather than all at once. We haven’t heard news of a launch date, because there isn’t just one. A Facebook representative said that the new feature will be ‘rolled out in the coming weeks’, he did not say ‘launch’

So yeah, it’s different for every one of us. I’d recommend getting it as quickly as possible, because it really is a great feature that opens up a lot of possibilities in terms of design and job recruitment. Other than that, I don’t really believe that it poses a more severe privacy threat than Facebook already does.

What do you think about the Facebook Timeline? Let me know in the comments!

/Niels

Author: Niels Van Hellemont

Hi, my name is Niels and I'm a long time fan of movies, anime, comics, games and whatnot. Could say that I'm a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the above mentioned things. I'm currently studying for a Bachelor After Bachelor in Advanced Business Management - Human Resources Management.

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