Facebook’s New Timeline: Data Goes In, But Can It Ever Leave?

you can argue, as my former colleague Frederic Lardinois recently did, that what you share on Facebook is not the “story of your life,” per se. As of today, that’s still true. But when the new Timeline features roll out and are adopted by the mainstream, Facebook profiles will become closer to a virtual mirror of our lives than any other network or website, including a personal blog, has ever been.

And to think that your data – that precious, personal, digital archive of a lifetime – will belong only to Facebook, with no discernible exit in site, is downright unsettling.

The answer, for right now at least, is no. Experience suggests it will take G+ rolling out an identical feature, to force Facebook to do what its users already know – but are unwilling – to ask for.

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