Well, I triggered my new Facebook Timeline via the Developer route... an hour and a half later, and I'm not hugely happy with it so far, specifically around privacy. My head is spinning!! I'm not digging the two-column layout. And, I'm certainly not digging that every single piece of content I ever posted/shared/liked, place I checked in to, event I attended, group I joined etc. etc. is all displayed. Now, I'm drilling deep to triple check privacy settings... and am deleting old stuff, old pics, before publishing my Timeline. Dangit, this is work!!

I want to delete some old rubbish from 2007 but am concerned that'll trigger an activity into my current feed?! Probably not, but still. I can see that I will be revising (yet again) my approach to using my Facebook profile for personal activity. I know this latest mega round of changes is designed to almost subconsciously entice users to share more and more and more... from birth onwards, adding in milestones and life events along the way. Well, much as I certainly like the idea of having my own interactive autobiography - even if I had much of my historical data set to be visible by only me - I'm just not hugely eager to dish it all up to Facebook. Yes, I love the platform and always will. I'm just saying, these changes are causing me to be even more cautious about what I post, how I engage on the site, and what apps I use.

Plus, since I decided to turn on my Subscribe button the other week, I notice this has drawn a lot of attention to my profile that wasn't there before. So, all Public content is fair game for anyone to surf through and comment/like.

For example, I'm seeing an increase in foreign guys liking a whole bunch of my photos at a time... which clogs up my notifications. So, I thought I'd go through and adjust the privacy settings of my photos/albums. I see that I had my default for all mobile photo uploads and all wall photos set to Public. You can't change the privacy of these two albums en masse, it has to be individual photos. And, if I change the privacy from Public to only Friends or even Only Me, can any non-friend who made a comment on the photo still see (and interact with) the photo?

Aha, from Facebook help: "Anyone who can see a post can see comments made on that post." I take that to mean if the audience is changed from Public to Friends, any non-friend cannot see the photo/post, even if they made a comment? But, this answer seems to contradict: "if you change the audience after you publish something this can’t prevent someone who already saw it from sharing it." https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=233739099984085

Facebook does warn you that any tagged friend will always be able to view a photo, regardless of how you set the privacy for that photo. Oh, except for Only Me: https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=240051956039320

Granted, there is the privacy option to "Limit the Audience for Past Posts" - which automatically changes ALL previous posts shared with more than friends (e.g. Public) to Friends. But, "people who are tagged and their friends may see those posts as well." Hmm, so then how does this Limit feature affect the new Subscribe option? If I were to convert all Public posts to Friends only, do all Subscribers (non-friends) suddenly not see anything?! :)

Phew - plenty fodder for my free Facebook webinar coming up on Friday, September 30th at 11am PST / 2pm EST - save the date, details to follow later today/tomorrow!! :)

Meantime, I enjoyed this article on TheNextWeb this morning: http://thenextweb.com/facebook/2011/09/25/facebooks-eerie-goal-why-timeline-changes-everything/ -- recommended reading.

And, I've shared several tips on my Facebook Page in the past 24hrs pertaining to unsubscribe, Ticker and privacy: https://www.facebook.com/marismith?sk=wall&filter=2 Blog posts coming...!

Btw, if you want to upgrade to the Timeline early, this is the easiest tutorial I've found: http://www.businessinsider.com/get-facebook-timeline-2011-9#go-to-your-facebook-homepage-and-add-the-developer-app-by-typing-developer-into-the-search-bar-click-on-the-first-result-1
cc +Beth Kanter (re privacy - much more to this than meets the eye, eh?!)
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