Have Facebook Timeline and don’t like it? or don’t like how it shows every post you’ve made since you opened your account? Perhaps like the people in this video from CNN your Facebook posts are potentially hurting your chances of getting the career you want? Or maybe you have become increasingly discontent with the ways of Facebook and their seemingly endless privacy issues and their continuously updating terms of service and don’t like how much information on you they have amassed? Short of deleting your Facebook account what can you do?
- Download and install Google Chrome.
- Drag this bookmarklet from fbwallcleaner to your bookmarks bar. You will need this in a few minutes.
- Go to the Chrome Webstore and install the “Timeline Remover” extension. This will make your Facebook Timeline revert back to the way it looked before you had Timeline, aka Wall. If you do not have Timeline yet you can skip this and move to step 4. (Side Note: This does not change your account permanently, it’s simply a hack that allows you to view the “old” Facebook when using Chrome, if you delete or use another browser you will have Timeline again .)
- Go to your Facebook profile, bask in all it’s Timeline free glory.
- Click on the bookmarklet you made in Step 2, you may receive an error telling you it might not be secure, press load anyway. I think this might only happen if you use Facebook through https.
- Click on the bookmarklet again and you will see a screen similar to Figure 1. Choose how many posts you want to keep, up to 20, and then click on “Go”. It will now search for posts and will permanently remove them one by one using what looks like a macro. You should leave your browser window visible and preferably not use your computer except to check on its progress. (Side note: At this point you might have second thoughts about doing this, this is natural and if you choose to stop you can press the “Stop” button but whatever has already been removed will still be gone.)
- It may be necessary for you to repeat step 6 several times depending upon the number of posts you have. It took a couple of hours for this to empty my Timeline (Figure 2).
- You can now delete the bookmarklet and uninstall the “Timeline Remover” extension from Chrome.
Your work is now complete and your Timeline will be post free, but there still will be photo tags and other information such as “Places” check-ins, photos and photo tags, etc. You’re on your own for removing those.