1. Enable, But Don’t Publish
After enabling the new design via the Facebook Timeline page, you can explore and customize your page without publishing anything. Do all of your trial-and-error work first — that way friends only see the final product and not all of the updates you made along the way.
Like it or not, you’re about to get the new Facebook Timeline. Sure, change can be a good thing, but it often causes a big backlash on Facebook — get ready for complaints about how the old format was better — and it can also be nerve wracking for those who like to keep a low profile on the site.
We’ve written countless stories on how to take advantage of the new features — suggesting beautiful and funny cover photos, providing instructions about how to create new life events and even offering tips on how to enable the Timeline in just one click. But this one is about how to tone it down and make the switch quietly without annoying your friends.
Fear not, there are a bunch of ways to limit the in-your-face nature of the new design. Since everyone will be getting Facebook Timeline soon, take a few minutes now to get it ready. Starting on Tuesday, Facebook will be giving some users a seven-day warning before it automatically updates their page with Timeline. You can enable the feature ahead of time though, and either publish it right away or edit it the way you want before it goes live on its own, seven days later. So go on. It’s not as scary as it sounds.
Check out the gallery above for how to not make a big entrance with your Facebook Timeline.
Are you hesitant to try Facebook Timeline? If you’ve already enabled it, what do you think of it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
BONUS: Facebook Timeline Inspirations
1. Antonio Fadda
Brilliantly imaginative, Fadda turns his profile into a security checkpoint.
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