As with all major changes to the Facebook profile system, this one has some issues you need to be aware of regarding your online privacy. We’ve all done stupid stuff, and most people have made a Facebook post at some point that they weren’t proud of. Time heals all wounds and your incriminating post is probably so far in the past that you’d run out of battery on your mouse clicking the “see older posts” button before you managed to find it. Right? Wrong.
New Facebook Timeline is more easily browseable, and if someone can remember the year and month of that thing you said about Sally after that party, or that compromising photo of you and Ben when you’d had way too much sugar, then they can find the post, dredge it up, share it again with their friends, and you can relive those awkward moments all over again on your timeline. This is not as much fun as it sounds.
PC World has a great article giving you tips on how to reduce the risk of fallout from free-floating personal information.
It’s not just an awkward social moment you can avoid with these tips, either. In a perfect world, you’d be able to trust everyone not to use your information to harm you. Unfortunately this isn’t the case. Stay Smart Online has some useful tips on identifying undesirables online and avoiding potentially dangerous people and situations.
Lol, i didn’t expect my timeline to show up on an article on timelines, trippy!
Thanks for Creative Commons licencing it! (attribution in the alt-tag) :)