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Facebook's Timeline will become mandatory soon

January 24, 2012 |  3:47 pm

Facebook Timeline

Love it or hate it, Facebook's Timeline will be mandatory on your profile soon.

The social network said in a blog post Tuesday that it would roll out the feature -- currently available on an opt-in basis -- to all users "over the next few weeks."

You'll have seven days to preview your Timeline before it goes live, which "gives you a chance to add or hide whatever you want before anyone else sees it," the company said. When it's your turn to get Timeline, you'll see an announcement at the top of your home page.

Introduced late last year, Timeline has been touted by Facebook as an "entirely new kind of profile" that is more visual and comprehensive.

"Timeline gives you an easy way to rediscover the things you shared, and collect your most important moments," the company said in a December blog post. "It also lets you share new experiences, like the music you listen to or the miles you run."

Among the most noticeable differences: Past activity is easily accessible via an archive panel on the right side of your screen, and in addition to your smaller profile photo you can choose another image that will be prominently featured across the top of your page.

So far, reviews for Timeline have been mixed, with critics saying they didn't like having all their previous activity dredged back up (you can remove it) or the scattered layout.

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-- Andrea Chang

Image: Facebook's Timeline. Credit: Facebook

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