Timeline has been available through signing up for developer beta access since f8 and over 1 million people got early access this way. The “Beta” label was officially removed from Timeline’s name on December 6, and now any Facebook user can opt-in to activate theirs now.
To opt-in, you can visit the Introducing Timeline page and click “Get it now.” Soon enough, you will also see an announcement about Timeline at the top of your profile when you go to view it.
To ease the transition from the old profiles to the new Timelines, Facebook will give you a 7-day review period where no one else can see your Timeline. This gives you one week to review all of the content that appears on your Timeline and customize it through hiding and featuring stories as you wish. To see what your Timeline will look like to someone else, click the gear icon at the top of your page and select ‘View as…’ and you can see how your Timeline looks to a Facebook friend or the public. But seven days after you upgrade to Timeline, it will automatically go live to all of your Facebook friends. Of course, if you don’t need or want the review period, you can publish your Timeline at any time.
Facebook Timeline is also now available on Android devices and on Facebook’s mobile website, m.facebook.com. While Timeline is now available for any individual user, it will not be available for brand pages yet. Facebook never actually confirmed that there would be Timelines for brands, but a rep told Mashable that “Consistency in both functionality and appearance is really important to Facebook…so we hope to make Pages more consistent with the new Timeline in the future.”
As per usual with any change to Facebook, many users are not happy. And where better to voice your opinion about a social network than on a social network? For most of this morning, “Facebook Timeline” has been a Trending Topic on Twitter as Facebook users rave, rant, and review their experiences with Timeline. Many people have expressed frustration or concern over the effects “frictionless sharing” will have on their privacy, others just don’t care for the new look. It will be interesting over the next few weeks to see how different types of tech adopters react to Timeline.
For more information on how to use Facebook Timeline, check out our introduction to Timeline and Open Graph.
Have you seen your Timeline yet? What do you think?