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If you use, perhaps you have seen the following status message:

"With the new 'FB timeline' on its way for EVERYONE, please do both of us a favor: Hover over my name above. In a few seconds you'll see a box that says "Subscribed." Hover over that, then go to "Comments and Likes" and uncheck it. That will stop my posts -- and yours to me -- from showing up on the side bar (ticker) for everyone to see, but MOST IMPORTANTLY it LIMITS HACKERS from invading our profiles. If you re-post this I will do the same for you. Thanks! (Click like on this post so I will know you unchecked.)"

Beware. This status message is a hoax -- an effective one too, since it trades on consumers' security fears. To learn more about why it is a hoax, visit Snopes and Facecrooks.

I can share this from personal experience. A couple Facebook friends sent this status message to me, and this hoax tricked me, too. The whole experience is reminder:

  • Don't believe everything you read on social networking sites, and
  • Verify claims before forwarding them as status messages to your friends.


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Victor Stanescu

Actually there is just one real solution to delete the timeline for good:

But if you want to stick with Facebook, I just made an easy to follow guide on how to use the new Facebook Timeline wisely and securely

Facebook Timeline App

According to InsideFacebook, scammers are exploiting the negative sentiments surrounding Facebook’s Timeline

trish wills

Thanks for posting those tips, I'm sure they'll come in handy for everyone. And nice job getting the top spot on the high scores!

Greg Mathews

Doing what that message says has nothing whatsoever to do with the new Timeline. I wrote a Note a couple of weeks ago that explains what will happen if you follow the instructions in the message. Feel free to read it, if you like :)

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