Facebook announced Tuesday that it had begun to lift the “beta” category for its new Timeline feature for users. According to the update, Timeline is now openly available for New Zealand, and will roll out to other countries in the “near future.” If you aren’t familiar with the new Timeline, it was unveiled by Mark Zuckerberg at the f8 2011 conference in September. Mashable has a short summary of the new Facebook feature here: http://mashable.com/follow/topics/facebook-timeline/. Our Social Media Team had an incredible time live-tweeting with other industry leaders during the live-stream, and couldn’t wait to get rolling with Timelines of our own.
Facebook opened up the Timeline capability to developers almost immediately. If you’re curious like us, you may have gone the sneaky route to become one of the lucky few with a new Timeline profile.
I went through the complicated process as soon as I could, and was among the first of my friends to do so– which was fun until I remembered I was the only one who could see my new profile. You see, only users that have a Timeline are able to see other users’ Timelines; if they do not have Timeline, the personal Facebook continues to look the same. Slowly but surely, however, more of my Facebook connections began implementing the new profile. It’s been fun to see how creative everyone has gotten with their Timelines!
Mine looks like this:
You can see that this isn’t my entire profile, just the first thing someone sees when they look at my page. I wanted to spare you all of the cat .gifs posted on my wall.
What you can see:
- Basic profile information (go Bobcats!)
- A sample of my 924 Facebook friends (I’m certain I’ve met all 924 of them…)
- The ears of my Pomeranian, Teddy, in a recent picture tagged
- The last place I checked in (Walgreens, for a flu shot)
- The last song I listened to on Spotify (from Passion Pit’s Manners album)
Also visible is my “Cover Photo” — the larger image that gives users the ability to express a little more personality than a simple Profile Picture allows. I had some fun with dinner one night and spelled out my name with ketchup. This wasn’t necessarily the best choice, however… every time I look at it, I get hungry for those French fries.
While Facebook may not give unlimited Timeline access to the entire world for awhile, you can begin brainstorming ways to engage friends and other followers in the meantime. Happy Timelining!
*ED 12/15/2011: As of today, the Facebook Timeline is now available for everyone! Click here to get started on your life story.
-Theodora Setterbo, PR/Marketing Coordinator, Rainman.com