Facebook's Timeline feature goes live worldwide

By on December 15, 2011, 8:53 AM

Facebook has officially begun rolling out the new Timeline feature to its entire 800+ million user base. Announced in September, the move represents a complete reconceptualization of profile pages, where instead of just the most recent updates, users will see a timeline of life events containing photos and other updates that stretches back to when you joined Facebook. As Zuckerberg puts it, Timeline is the story of your life.

Anyone viewing your Timeline can click back to any year where there are updates and see what was going on at the time. Facebook automatically selects the most important updates and highlights them on your profile page, though users can of course remove certain updates and highlight others that might be important to them.

As you would expect, the idea of reviving old -- and potentially embarrassing moments -- in their profile pages hasn't sat well with some users. In an effort to appease critics, the social network is giving users a seven-day review period to tweak their Timeline before it goes public for viewing by others on December 21st. (Update: Facebook's PR people wrote to clarify that December 21st is not a deadline for everyone to review and set up their Timeline. The seven-day review period starts counting whenever users opt-in to the new Timeline profile. There's no announced date for when Facebook will make the change mandatory but the opt-in period will apparently last for a few weeks.)

Users can get the new profile page now, by going to the Introducing Timeline page and clicking "Get it Now".

Facebook first rolled out Timeline in New Zealand last week in order to monitor speed and performance before a global rollout. Before that it was also available to developers -- as well as faux developers interested in trying out the feature early. According to Facebook, over one million people signed up for the beta.

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Guest said:

facebook even has an app that provides ways to create a really nice cover for the timeline. the link is https://apps.facebook.com/timeline_covers

RH00D RH00D said:

The best part of the new update is Activity Log. It allows you to see everything and anything that is related to what you have done on Facebook in a easy to navigate way. From Activity Log you can go through and manage/delete anything you've posted anywhere on the site, or anything you've "liked" on the site, and many other things relating to you're activity on Facebook.

Besides that new feature, the update makes navigating your profile easier and more logical once you get over the initial "shock" of how different it is.

The other two best things in my opinion are the new cover photos and the ability to make a post "featured" on your timeline!

By the way, before anyone complains about timeline being some sort of invasion of privacy or something, you should make sure that you actually understand how it works and maybe have tried actually using it. Don't forget that the timeline only shows what you allow it to show.

(Queue Facebook haters)

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