Facebook finally launches Timeline worldwide

It was first announced last September and now Facebook is finally launching its new Timeline feature worldwide. The company launched Timeline early for users in New Zealand, of all places, earlier in December. As promised, Timeline will take the major achievements that you have posted in your Facebook profile and create a kind of chronology, showing your life via Facebook in place of the normal profile page. Timeline not only shows up on the main Facebook page but also on the mobile web site, m.facebook.com, along with users of the Android application.

The official Facebook blog site says that everyone using the network can view their own Timeline privately for the next seven days. People can feature something in their timeline or delete it from the page during the privacy period. Facebook users can also choose to make their Timeline public before the seven days run out. If they do nothing, the Timeline goes public after that seven day privacy period.

Timeline also includes a new activity log. This is a new private feature where users can see all of the activity they use on Facebook. They can choose to make some activities not show up on their Timeline. More information can be found on the Introducing Timeline page on Facebook.

Thanks to Neowin member dancedar who tipped us.

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"New Zealand of all places"?

I think it's pretty obvious they're starting at the start of world time zones and working their way around. It was available to Australia & the Asia-Pacific in the hours following and I'm assuming it kept becoming available in a westerly direction right around the globe.

I like it - though I would defiantly want my profile private. Quite impressive from a IT developer point of view - it is quite quick loading!

I love it. I really like the map concept, being able to show people the places you've been and stuff. I won't use it, though, as I'm not keen on letting Facebook know EXACTLY where I've been!

I really don't like it either. It's really hard to keep track of and read all the way through. Maybe they will let us edit the layout. It looks like a blog now but doesn't let you change layout and what you want on there like a blog can.

IloveJesus said,
Ok, I added it now how do I turn it off. I don't like the timeline at all.
It can't be turned off, and everyone will get it soon enough.

Northgrove said,
It can't be turned off, and everyone will get it soon enough.

If they force it on everyone I will close my account, I think it looks THAT terrible!

Incredible change, I like being one of the only people in my list using it right now. I feel privileged, the spotlight is on my profile until December 22

found a possisble bug. my profile has always been friends only so when I view my profile as public and click posts from a few years back they show up. shouldnt they be privite?

CMG_90 said,
found a possisble bug. my profile has always been friends only so when I view my profile as public and click posts from a few years back they show up. shouldnt they be privite?

The timeline doesn't change *any* of permissions on your posts. It's probably your own error whenever you posted them a few years back.

I hate it. So far the only ones I come across that like it are people outside the us. It seems to be aimed at the social preps who tell the world their life story.

Damn this is cool, it's odd and strange at the same time to see how my personality and views have changed over the course of a view years.

Jan said,
Damn this is cool, it's odd and strange at the same time to see how my personality and views have changed over the course of a view years.

I used to be an adventurer like you, but then I took an arrow in the knee.

neufuse said,
I miss the old days of facebook when it was a college only site.....

I don't I find it much more useful now that my parents, cousins, and aunts/uncles are on it. Helps a lot to keep in touch with family.

Callum said,

Why?

It was exclusive...no one had their mom or boss on fb. Everone was tech savvy and college educated. Networks meant something and you could be sure those in your network belonged there and were worthy of seeing your info

neufuse said,
I miss the old days of facebook when it was a college only site.....
You enjoyed it when it was incredibly limited and wasn't really practical? That doesn't really seem like a logical position to take.

Facebook is a brilliant way of keeping in touch with people you've only just met, as well as friends and family. I can keep in touch with cousins, friends and my girlfriend all more easily than ever before.

I don't know whether your expressing nostalgia or elitism but I find it hard to believe that you're actually claiming the site was better back then.

Co_Co said,

It was exclusive...no one had their mom or boss on fb. Everone was tech savvy and college educated. Networks meant something and you could be sure those in your network belonged there and were worthy of seeing your info
Oh soooo your an elitist...

personally I don't like it a friend showed me his a while back...
Do I have to have the big image at the top? I use a 10" notebook when not at my main PC I don't want 4" of wasted space at the top of the screen.

mbowman said,
personally I don't like it a friend showed me his a while back...
Do I have to have the big image at the top? I use a 10" notebook when not at my main PC I don't want 4" of wasted space at the top of the screen.

Scroll down, then.

mbowman said,
personally I don't like it a friend showed me his a while back...
Do I have to have the big image at the top? I use a 10" notebook when not at my main PC I don't want 4" of wasted space at the top of the screen.

The big picture is optional

This is potentially dangerous, altering the course of time with such a tool. In the wrong hands, history can be altered for dubious reasons.

Enron said,
This is potentially dangerous, altering the course of time with such a tool. In the wrong hands, history can be altered for dubious reasons.

Quick Doc! To the time machine!

xiphi said,
This crashes IE9 repeatedly every time I try to go back a couple months.

It doesn't for me, using Internet Explorer 9.

Callum said,

It doesn't for me, using Internet Explorer 9.

Mine dont crash but gets awefully slow if i expand a few years. The Site is slower overall aswell. But i am live with my timeline.