Erroneous Timeline Warnings Go Viral On Facebook

While Facebook users certainly have the best of intentions in copying and pasting advice about timeline, erroneous information about the advanced profile is circulating among users' status updates.

While Facebook users certainly have the best of intentions in copying and pasting advice about timeline, erroneous information about the advanced profile is circulating among users’ status updates.

The message goes like — well, just look at the screenshot above.

More than anything else, these status updates reflect the level of anxiety about timeline that we’ve observed among users: people worry that suddenly everything they’ve ever put up on Facebook will become more visible than they were before, which we know is incorrect. The only part of timeline is publicly visibility is the cover image, and everything else can be customized by users.

And changing which information you subscribe to doesn’t alter the visibility of comments, which is something that people can do only within their own privacy settings. The actual setting there designates whether your own comments on other people’s profiles should go out to news feeds.

Much less glaring is the status updates’ claim that timeline will roll out to everyone this week; that’s a wee bit sooner than what Facebook’s spokespeople have implied when they told us that the advanced profile would first launch within a single small country for a final performance test before going sitewide.

We wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Facebook post some form of official refutation of this status update meme, which the social network has done in response to previous instances of misinforming viral status updates.

Readers, have you seen any of erroneous status updates about timeline?