Millions of people use Facebook every day, and soon millions of people will face yet more changes within the social media – and users have no say-so about it.
In a few days, Facebook will make its new profile format, Timeline, compulsory. The new look will present a scrapbook of your past status updates and photographs. Here's the scary part: even if you don't update your Timeline regularly, Facebook apps will do it for you. For example, if you have listened to a song on Spotify, it will appear on your Timeline.
By all appearances, it looks like Facebook is encouraging users to share even more personal details about themselves and their life experiences, which will ultimately make it easier for others to view it. Unfortunately, this will also make it easier for identity thieves to piece together information about a person and use the collected information to commit identity fraud.
A recent poll showed that 51.29 percent of Facebook users are worried by the new Timeline, while only 7.96 percent said they like it.
But even so, it is not expected that the changes will cause very many people to delete their Facebook account. If past experience is any kind of teacher, most users will grumble, but then get used to the change and move on.
Our advice? Clean up your Facebook. Re-evaluate what you share online, and share only what you want to share, being careful to choose who you share it with.