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New Facebook format disliked by many users: Sophos survey

Anushkar Mohinani | Jan. 30, 2012
A new poll reveals that only eight per cent of respondents like the new Facebook Timeline.

Facebook will soon be phasing out its old profile page with an entirely revamped profile design called Timeline, which presents a scrapbook of all past status updates and photographs.

Timeline was introduced last year by the social network, as an optional switch. Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline, according to Facebook.

An online poll by security solutions provider Sophos revealed that only eight percent of over 4,100 global respondents surveyed like the new Facebook timeline.

The survey also revealed that 51 percent of Internet users are worried about the new Facebook profile.

The Facebook Timeline encourages users to enter more personal details about themselves and their life experiences, while making it simpler for others to view the information. There are concerns that this will instantly make it easier for identity thieves and stalkers to profile Individuals, according to a press release issued by Sophos today (30 January).

"The Facebook Timeline will be a wake-up call to some that they have shared too much in the past, too freely. In my case, the Timeline was the catalyst to reassess my relationship with Facebook - and so I've killed my account," Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said in a statement. "If nothing else, Facebook users should take this opportunity to re-evaluate what they share online. It is time to spring clean your Facebook account and online friend relationships, and ensure that you are only sharing what you want to share, with who you want to share it with. After all, a website which holds details on your entire life, likes and loves, is gold dust to scammers," he added.


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