Facebook’s Timeline Begins to Roll Out

Facebook has recently announced through a blog post that its Timeline feature is already out to the users of New Zealand, however, it is still a trial version before the company will begin to roll out to its users across the globe.

The purpose of announcing a trial version is to test the attributes of the new feature with a massive number of users in the Asia Pacific country.

Back in September, Facebook launched the Timeline feature in its f8 developer conference before opening it to the developer community. According to Facebook, about one million users signed up to beta access Timeline feature. Samuel Lessen said on the Facebook blog that feedback from the users had been priceless.

You might be speculating why the social networking giant prefer New Zealand to test its new feature. The answer is provided by a spokesperson of Facebook who told GigaOm:

As a global company, we need to gain perspective and insights from outside the US. New Zealand is a good place to start because it’s English speaking, so we can read the feedback and make improvements quickly.

The social networking giant has recently acquired the Gowalla to provide assistance in finalizing its Timeline feature. The data of Gowalla users will not be however moving over. It is also speculated by many people that the recently launched version 2.0 by Path could possibly be next logical acquisition to push the Timeline feature.

Following is given a full extract of the announcement of New Zealand trial:

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.

So, the new feature is finally begun to roll out, starting from New Zealand. The roll out will soon be expanded to other parts of the world as well. Some will get it soon and other will have to wait for an unknown time before having this feature available on their Facebook profiles.

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