The “Title” says it all. It’s not possible to remove or delete Timeline in anyway. None of the solutions which are currently available in the Internet works. In reality, Facebook came up with this new concept to collect as much information as possible about a person and present it to others in a systematic format. Yes, it presents in systematic format by dividing the content by days, months and years. But most people did not liked this new design as much Facebook might have thought. In fact most of the people who activated the Timeline profile hated it from the day one. Of Course there are equal or little less number of people who liked it as well.
We do not have exact numbers but based on the number of people who are trying to get rid of Timeline, it proves that majority of people don’t like it. The next question is how to get the old profile layout. Like we said earlier it is not possible to get the old profile back. Here are answers for all your questions about removing Timeline issue:
Few people were able to get it back but why not me?
You might be wondering how few people were able to get the old profile back using the method we have written. Yes, that method worked when Facebook Timeline was in beta but once Facebook made it public it stopped working. Its not our fault or Facebook fault.
Let me tell you the background about it. Facebook announced Timeline in September in f8 conference and released beta version of the same. People who develops applications using Facebook Developer platform are automatically prompted to upgrade their profile to beta version of Timeline. All the REAL developers who were interested enabled the new feature when it prompted them to upgrade. Idea behind this is to let developers develop applications for Timeline by the time it goes public. But many general Facebook users wanted to try the new feature before it roles out for the public. Many users got the Timeline enabled for their account by following the steps we have written. Steps basically lets you become Facebook Developer in order to get the Timeline.
Based on the feedback we received from some our readers we have written another post which explains “how to remove Facebook Timeline“. These steps lets you make you non Facebook Developer. Once you become general user(non developer) Facebook automatically removes the Timeline from your profile. But eventually Facebook made the Timeline feature public, which means anyone can enable it. While making it available for public they have forcefully enabled it for all the users who have already tried and removed the Timeline.
So the takeaway is the method that worked for few people is only when the Timeline was in beta.
There are few other methods available in other sites, do they work?
No, those methods also don’t work either. Looks like they works but not really. You will see old version of your Facebook profile on your browser but all of your friends see Timeline version of profile. Due to some technical reasons Facebook Timeline works only on the latest versions of all browsers. The tricks that are available in other sites basically mimics the older versions of your browser. This lets Facebook to show older version of your profile. Remember, what ever you do in your browser is your local so all your friends still see Timeline version of your profile.
Important thing is, it is much more dangerous for you as you see older version of Facebook profile and you are not aware how it appears for your friends. You may end up showing the information that you don’t want to show on your Timeline without your knowledge. So DO NOT use such methods.
Not only browser tricks and also there are other Facebook pages which asks you to follow few steps to get old profiles. For your security reasons we are not providing those links but if you come across any of those weird steps, keep yourself completely away from those.
Deleting Facebook account and re-creating it helps?
Yes, it does helps for now as currently Facebook timeline is opt-in basis. So you just need to keep yourself away from clicking get timeline button on timeline official page. But its of no use once Facebook makes it 100% live. Very soon Facebook makes it mandatory and everyone by default will be upgraded to timeline.
Do you really want to spend so much time to download all your Facebook data and create new account then invite all your friends. And you know this lasts only for few weeks. I can say, Keep yourself away from doing this.
So what’s next,
As of now there is no 100% solution to remove or make timeline optional. Until we hear anything from Facebook on this you have to bear it or look for alternatives like moving to other social networks.
Based on the amount of development and transitioning involved in the timeline upgrade, we can clearly understand there is no go back on the timeline by Facebook. So its you who have to decide whats next.
Possible steps you can take:
- Stick with Timeline and modify the Timeline like the way you want it by altering the settings as much as possible.
- Delete or deactivate your Facebook account and move to other social networks.
- Just leave it as it is and move on by avoiding adding so much information to your Timeline if privacy is your main concern.
Folks, let us know if you come across any solutions for this problem and share your thoughts on the entire episode.