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.
The human need for fabulous eye-candy is one of the reasons photography has seen such a boom in the tech sphere. These days, nearly every device comes with a camera, and what sort of consumers would we be to not take advantage?
But sometimes those built-in cameras need a little extra boost to get that photo looking just right. Whether you’re wielding a DLSR, smartphone or a point-and-shoot, here are some of the more fun and innovative tools for photographers we’ve come across lately.
This list is by no means comprehensive, so if you’ve come across a cool something we didn’t include, please share it with us in the comments section below.
Have a little fun with your iPhone photography with this Kickstarter-funded set of three lenses for the iPhone 4 and 4S. The lenses -- macro, fisheye and wide-angle -- are all mounted onto a single clip that slides over the camera of your iPhone. We had great success with the fisheye and wide-angle lenses, but had difficulty using the macro lens because the iPhone couldn't focus at such short range.
If you'd rather have your lenses built into a case rather than attached to the top of your iPhone, you might want to take a look at this set of four lenses for $49.00.
Upload your photos and videos directly to your iPad or iPad 2 one of these CF or SD card readers. They can read all cards up to 4GB and a few larger ones. If your card doesn't work, you can plug in your camera directly via USB.
Named Innovation of the Year by Popular Science, Lytro is a camera that captures all of the information in its light field, letting users adjust the focus after the photo has been taken. The camera itself is long and rectangular, with only two buttons and a slider for zooming. It comes in three colors and two different storage models: 8GB, which is enough for 350 photos, and 16GB, which will hold up to 750. The camera is currently available for pre-order and will go on sale early next year.
We love this handheld, aluminum-bodied video rig for iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S devices, which comes with an adjustable VeriCorder mic, a 0.45 x 37mm wide-angle adapter lens, four tripod sockets and dual-sided grip. At 1.1 pounds, it's heavy enough to keep your phone steady and light enough to be portable.
If you're not planning on shooting video outside, you might want to check out the setup of AllThingsD's Drake Martinet, which includes many of the same elements for a little more than half the cost.
If you're hankering for a bit more creative freedom with your Olympus or Panasonic Micro 4/3 camera, you might want to check out this manual focus lens, which is capable of a range of lo-fi effects: low contrast, soft bokeh, vignetting, lens flare and shallow depth of field. Aperture ranges from f/1.4 to f/16.
This iPhone Telephoto Lens allows you to take photos with an 8x closer view, which could be useful for concerts or other events where you're likely to use your iPhone 4/4S's camera but won't have a near-range access to your subject. Simply screw the lens into an accompanying iPhone case, adjust your focus and shoot. Although it may look unwieldy, the lens is light and can be capped and carried around in your pocket or purse. The drawbacks? It's a fixed telephoto lens, so you can't zoom in and out, and it can be tricky to sync the lens's manual focus with the iPhone's automatic focus. Comes with a mini tripod and cleaning cloth.
We're big fans of Eye-Fi's wireless SD memory cards, which will upload photos from your camera to your desktop, iPhone, iPad, Android device and a host of sharing sites (such as Facebook and Flickr) wherever a Wi-Fi connection is present. All you have to do is turn your phone on.
This attachment, which is designed to sit at the end of an SLR zoom lens, is ideal for taking candid photos -- whiter of of your kids (who won't let you photograph them), a bride and groom, or stylish individuals on the street, etc. Aim your camera in one direction and snap a shot in another.
Although it's significantly pricier than the other iPhone lenses on the market, we were impressed by the look of the iPhone Lens Dial for iPhone 4 and 4S devices. Like the other sets, it comes with wide angle (0.7x), fisheye (0.33x) and telephoto (1.5x) lenses. Conveniently, the dial is built into a case that can be easily removed and stored, and has two tripod mounts: one for portrait shots and the other for landscapes. The whole thing weighs 10 oz.