Sep. 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM ET
A wave of panic hit Facebook as soon as the social network showed off its new Timeline profile design on Thursday. It wasn't just the usual dismay over changes to the site either — no, it was fear that it would soon cost money to continue using Facebook.
Well, it's time to calm down.
After all, the site's homepage still encourages you to sign up because "it's free and always will be." And Facebook has made absolutely no announcements, suggestions, or declarations which indicate that it intends to charge for access to the social network.
Now I know that there has to be someone out there who believes that I've been living under a rock and am simply spreading propaganda in order to prevent people from using tricks to keep accessing Facebook for free. After all, there are a gazillion — or some equally large made-up number — of status messages explaining that Facebook's new membership pricing was discussed on the news.
And Facebook status messages never lie, right?
Well, if you believe that, then I'd like to offer you the following instructions — which I spotted on a friend's status message — and suggest that you follow them to the letter:
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