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    Facebook Timeline Being Mandatory For All Users

    There is some very bad news for Mafia Wars players. Facebook announced today in an updated blog post that "everyone will get timeline" (1). The change should happen over the next few weeks. Once your account is converted, you will have 7 days before it goes live.
    Timeline has been an opt in feature and those who took the plunge hate it. If you are a Mafia Wars players, you will find that many of your posts don't make it into the news feeds. I've already posted about the problem and I can see it getting worse (1). If Zynga values their spam and/or Mafia Wars, they need to be proactive in helping the community learn the workarounds or design their spam so it will be viewed. I don't see this happening and once all of us have Timeline, the game will become more difficult to play. A few weeks ago, I signed up for Timeline on an alternate account. It's just horrible and I haven't been able to do much involving news feed requests. You have to allow Mafia Wars into your Timeline by using the Activity Log.

    Even if you do this, your requests will not appear in the news feeds unless you actually write something.

    This goes against what Zynga wants us to do. Auto-posting doesn't allow you to write anything so your requests will not be visible in the news feeds. I fear Facebook is faster than Zynga and we are headed for a news feed disaster. Most players won't know to do the steps required to get requests in the news feeds and even if they do, their efforts will be counteracted by auto-posting. Houston we have a problem!
    Many media sites such as Yahoo, facetiously suggest that people jump ship from Facebook and give Google+ a try (1). Pistol Pete pointed out on an episode of the Informant Podcast that the Facebook Timeline was very similar to MySpace. We all know what happened to MySpace! If Zynga can't find a solution to the news feed problem, maybe they should be talking to Google. Unfortunately Mafia Wars probably won't make it that long!

    Thanks to Trump Gnine for letting us know we are doomed to have Timeline on the fan page.

    Source: MWLOOTLADY

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