Facebook officially took the “beta” label off its much-publicized Timeline this evening, but it’s rolling out the new feature gradually. New Zealand is currently the only country to get Timeline, the company said in a blog post this evening. Other regions will get it in the “near future.”
Facebook first unveiled Timeline in early September, and quickly provided the means for developers and curious users to enable the feature. A more general release was planned for later that month, but it never came, ostensibly to address technical issues and privacy concerns having to do with the software.
Timeline, you may recall, is a way to illustrate your entire life — not just the part you’ve been living on Facebook since you joined — in a graphical way. One of the common criticisms of Facebook is that it’s almost entirely concerned with the here and now, no matter how mundane. Major life events, though chronicled, are quickly pushed to the bottom of an individual’s feed and forgotten.
Timeline brings those events back, mapping them on a graphic that tells the story of a user’s life, from birth to present day. Although the idea was praised widely, new privacy concerns were raised with the feature, one of them being that it was visible from the Timeline when you “unfriended” certain people (Facebook has said this was a glitch that’s been corrected).
Timeline is one of Facebook’s most exciting new features, and we’re sure users will flock to it as it’s rolled out officially. Check out some amazing Timeline designs in the gallery below, and share your own in the comments.
1. Janet Medina
We like the simplicity and the warm message that Janet's profile delivers.
2. Ekkapong Techawongthaworn
After his previous designs got such positive feedback in our last gallery, we checked back in with Ekkapong to see what he's been up to. We weren't disappointed.
3. Tom Lambie
Tom's profile throws up an error message. It's actually an F8 conference insider joke -- although we still think it's amusing for anyone who doesn't get the reference.
4. Jeremy Bronson
Jeremy has some classic photography fun with his well-executed design.
5. Travis Keith
Travis goes for the mysterious look (complete with shades), and invites friends to scan the QR code to find out more.
6. Niels Langeveld
We like Niels' playful approach to his profile picture -- or rather, his "portrait"?
7. Umair Latif
A montage of sketches makes Umair's profile memorable.
8. Andy Hirsch
Andy's awesome mustache is obviously part of his "personal brand." We love how he has incorporated it into this clean and fun design.
9. Robert Falken
Robert's simple thought bubble makes us wonder the same...
10. Mark Spangler
Mark creates some fun with friends by posting a Where's Wally? visual puzzle. The person who finds him gets a free poke!
BONUS: Mashable's Matthew Silverman!
Finally, Mashable's own Matt Silverman has gotten creative with his Timeline design. He stars in his very own Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode.