Way back in September -- a simpler time, when The Lion King (3D) was the number-one movie, and Rick Perry was the GOP frontrunner for president -- Facebook announced that it was overhauling the look of its profile. Mark Zuckerberg, at a huge event for Facebook developers, introduced the world to the radical new Timeline profile, a reverse-chronological and visual look back at your entire life, from the present day at the top of your stream, down to your birth at the bottom. The social network said that this timeline profile would start rolling "in a few weeks," but for whatever reason, Facebook profiles remained the same.
That is, until now.
The new Facebook timeline profile is coming, and New Zealanders will be the first to (officially) try it out.
In a brief update to the September blog post that announced the timeline in the first place, Facebook's Samuel Lessin writes that the timeline is becoming available to New Zealand Facebook users starting immediately.
We announced Timeline in September and made it available to developers building apps on our platform. Since then, over a million people have signed up for the developer beta to access Timeline. The feedback we've received so far has been invaluable. Starting today, we are making Timeline more widely available as we measure speed and other types of performance. We'll begin by making it available to people in New Zealand and then roll it out more broadly in the near future.
Again, it appears that there's no timeline (ha!) for the new profile to be released in America, even though we've been waiting for two months now. Facebook remains tangled in a lawsuit with timelines.com over the uniqueness of the new design, which seemed to be the reason for the delay. But that hasn't stopped over a million people from signing up (or posing as) app developers and trying out the new profile for themselves, nor is it stopping Facebook from beginning its rollout in New Zealand.
The facelift to the profile is the final change in a series of cosmetic revisions to Facebook. The Facebook home page has been almost completely transformed, with an ever-scrolling News Ticker in the upper right hand corner and a persistent chat window below. The News Feed, too, received a major update, with stories sorted by importance rather than newness.
Now it appears -- starting with New Zealand -- the Facebook profile will have its transformational moment, too. As a refresher, the new profile comes with major design changes and new features, like a cover photo that spans the length of the top of your profile and a totally new, almost-checkerboard style layout for the content that has been posted on your profile.
Below, read up on Facebook's new timeline profile as you brace yourself for its eventual landing here in the United States.
While past iterations of the Facebook profile have featured a customizable photo that sat near the upper left of the page, users can now top their profile with a large "Cover" photo that stretches across the user's Timeline. This will be in addition to the Profile Picture, which will act as an avatar of sorts for News Feed updates and posting on others' walls.
The Timeline is wider than the old profile and displays content in two columns. Posts appear in a continuous stream in chronological order, from top (most recent) to bottom (oldest). The layout is very visual and emphasizes large pictures and important events.
The Timeline will feature a navigation panel along the right side of the page. This list of years, which can expand to display months, allows users to quickly jump to a spot in their timeline and view their posts from that moment in time. You can also manually scroll up and down through the timeline to search activity by month and year.
The new mobile interface on the Facebook app will also feature the Timeline re-design.
The private log stores all your facebook activity so you can choose what to share in your timeline and with whom.
Apps--including what you're listening to, reading, cooking, watching, etc.--will showcase your interests and activities in digest form so that friends can quickly catch up on what you're into and share with you simultaneously. For example, if you're listening to a song on a Rdio that's synched with Facebook, that activity will appear as an update in your friends' Ticker widget. That friend can then click your update, start listening to the same song, and even chat with you while doing so.
Timeline won't be available to users for "a few weeks," so savor that old profile while you still can (or start to get excited for the new one!). Read more about the new Facebook at their official blog here.