Facebook testing new Timeline design

The company is eyeing a round of changes to the Timelines of its members.

Facebook is testing a series of changes to the current Timeline design.
Facebook is testing a series of changes to the current Timeline design. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Facebook users may be in store for some design tweaks to their Timelines.

The popular social network is testing a revamped layout for the Timeline among select users in New Zealand, a spot where Facebook typically tries out new features.

A representative for the company told CNET that "this is a new design Facebook is testing with a small percentage of people to make navigating Timeline even easier."

The new layout sports a single-column for all the posts and updates on your Timeline, according to a screenshot obtained by The Next Web. That by itself would be a welcome change from the current double-column layout, which has always struck me as confusing and unnecessary.

With your status updates and other posts on the right, an "About" section appears on the left with bits and pieces from your profile. The years appear all the way on a right sidebar, where you can jump to a particular year just as you're able to now.

Another image caught by TNW shows a new feature in the form of a status update, this one from BuzzFeed.

Clicking on the link in the update opens the associated Web page, as always.

But a new "Like Page" button can take you directly to BuzzFeed's official Facebook page. This tweak seems designed to help people more easily find the actual Facebook pages of different businesses and organizations.

There's no word on when, or if, this new Timeline might pop up for other users. Assuming the test phase goes well in New Zealand, Facebook will undoubtedly start rolling out the Timeline tweaks to the rest of the world.

Update, 12:30 p.m. PT: Adds response from Facebook.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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