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Friday, January 27, 2012

Is Facebook’s Timeline Digital Storytelling Or TMI?

Any day now, your entire Facebook life will become an open book.

That includes those late night status updates, any photos you were tagged in, job history, relationship status changes, even comments on friends’ walls.

That information was available before, but now Facebook’s Timeline format is displaying it more prominently and making it easier to navigate.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says Timeline promotes storytelling. And Facebook is giving users a seven-day period to preview the new layout and delete any embarrassing information before the Timeline page goes live.

But privacy advocates are worried that users will inadvertently over share.

Adam Clark Estes, who writes about media and technology for the Atlantic Wire, says that it can be time consuming to manage the information that’s pulled into your Facebook Timeline.

“Easy is not a word I’d use to describe control on Facebook. The Timeline can require a lot of work,” he said.

But Clark Estes ads, “you do have control over it.”

What do you think about Facebook’s Timeline Feature? Have you over-shared on Facebook unintentionally? Tell us on Facebook, in the comments section or on Twitter.

Guest:

  • Adam Clark Estes, writes about media and technology for the Atlantic Wire

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