Liz Gannes

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Facebook Says It Will Now Push Timeline to All Users

As had been expected for a while (and as many people expected would happen quite a while ago), Facebook said today that it will soon migrate all its users to its new Timeline profile layout, which visually displays Facebook’s archive of content for each user.

When? “Over the next few weeks.”

Users get seven days’ warning before their Timelines go live, time enough to find a pretty and personal “cover photo” and change permissions for older content they may no longer wish to share.

This particular Facebook layout change seems to have been less catastrophic than others, in part because the Timeline rollout was delayed, staggered and included the seven-day preview periods. But complaints seem likely to spike once Timeline is no longer an upgrade option but a requirement for everybody.

Just last week, Facebook unleashed 60 new Timeline apps for food, fashion, fitness and travel. Like those for music and other media, the apps automatically post about user activity.

Please see the disclosure about Facebook in my ethics statement.

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald