IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Facebook Timeline Lets Users Customize UI With Privacy Options

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-12-22 Print this article Print
Putting Ourselves Out There

Putting Ourselves Out There

We took the plunge, publishing our Timeline this week before Facebook could do it for us. We chose our Timeline "cover" photo from our existing Facebook photos, though users may also upload new photos from their computers or phones to use as their covers. Warning: cover photos may not be promotional in nature, said Facebook. Let's continue the Timeline tour.
Facebook's Timeline, the progressive and somewhat controversial new user interface that seeks to help users feature photos and other information from earlier in their lives, is now available to all desktop users, as well as those who use Facebook for Android, Facebook for iOS and from a mobile Web browser. The company is taking an "opt in before we opt you in" roll-out approach to this new take on profile pages. By that we mean users can opt to publish their Timeline now, or wait until Dec. 23, which is when Facebook will flip the switch to port all users over to the new UI. This really isn't much of a choice: Users may publish their Timeline or Facebook will do it for them. However, Facebook is offering several privacy controls for users' activities and stories that are easy to take advantage of to keep information private. eWEEK agreed to "publish" its Timeline. Overall, we found ourselves really enjoying the more eye-pleasing, easier-to-manage UI, which will help users document their Facebook experience from the time they started using the network. Here's how it looks and how it works.

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