Facebook has made moving to their new timeline view compulsary starting on the 2nd of Feb. I really dislike the linear flattening of my life into an accountable browseable format so I left the site this morning. It is a bit of a shame because Facebook has really become a a norm, certainly with regard to organising events and keeping in touch with old friends.
Though once I left, I started to realise that any site that makes you feel any guilt for leaving and also takes up a lot of your time is more of an addiction and they want it that way. The data collected will eventually become a finger print or analysis of your life, extremely valuable and marketable information which will be no doubt be available to marketing companies for many many years to come.
I don’t think I want to allow that kind of analysis of my life, or to try and condense it into a tedious linear timeline that attempts to sum me up. I especially dislike how it makes it easier for future employers, friends, partners to sift back through your history and believe they understand you.