Disable Facebook Timeline: Back in September Facebook announced several changes to their platform, once of which was a completely redesigned profile page called Facebook Timeline. Facebook Timeline was meant to be a chronological view of your activity on Facebook, or as Facebook would prefer, your life. If you were one of the early adopters who enabled Facebook Timeline but now want to disable Facebook Timeline here’s how.
I know everyone complains every time Facebook changes something, and sadly this will be one of those posts as well. My initial reaction to the Facebook Timeline was pretty positive. The newly laid out profile page looked nice, was responsive, and gave your profile a more “me” feel to it. Below is a screenshot of mine after just a little bit of tinkering with the interface.
If you’re interested in enabling the Facebook Timeline on your profile you can find instructions on my post How To: Enable Facebook Timeline Profile and What It Looks Like. You have to be a Facebook developer to enable it, but it’s pretty simple if you follow the instructions.
Why Disable Facebook Timeline?
The short answer to why would you want to disable Facebook Timeline: it’s half baked. Timeline hasn’t rolled out to all users yet for a reason; and it might not ever be rolled out to everyone. There’s been a lot of noise and requests to disable Facebook Timeline because it reveals so much of your past history on Facebook. It’s odd that Facebook is so willing to display all of your history but won’t let you export everything as neatly, or completely, as Google will. History wasn’t my issue, it was the design. Despite it’s initial appealing visual look, another reason to disable Facebook Timeline is that it’s just flat out difficult to read. The content on your Timeline isn’t always in any sort of logical order, the items flow from left to right in an oddly non-readable way; the usability of Timeline just isn’t there for me. I couldn’t make sense of my Timeline and it was my own content. So for my part, until/if they force it on me, I’ll disable Facebook Timeline for now.
How to Disable Facebook Timeline
UPDATE: It doesn’t appear this method will work anymore! However, I’ve found a way to remove Facebook content automatically. Additionally, my friend Shaan has discovered a way to remove Facebook Timeline in Chrome or FireFox with a user agent trick in your browser.
Luckily, disabling Facebook Timeline is even easier than setting it up! To disable Facebook Timeline visit the Facebook Developers App. Then simply select the application you “created” to enable Timeline on the left side of your screen. Once the application is selected click on the “Edit Settings” on the top right hand side under the applications “Settings” section. From that screen simply delete the application. If you were like me, and it took a few tries to get it enabled you might have more than one “application” listed. If these aren’t relevant applications, follow the same procedure and delete each one. After you’ve gone through the steps to disable Facebook Timeline just hang back a few minutes and visit your profile. You should be greeted with the old school, non-Timeline version of your profile.