Facebook Timeline Rolls Out in New Zealand

Facebook has begun rolling out Timeline to users in New Zealand. Timeline was first announced in September at f8. Timeline is a new way of sharing content about yourself on Facebook. The Timeline page is a single page that has all of your history in chronological order right back to the beginning of your account.

“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.”

GigaOM contacted Facebook to see when Timeline was going to hit the US/UK and other countries and also asked why New Zealand had the update. A response came back saying:

“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.”

It isn’t clear when other countries will get the update, but Facebook also commented that New Zealand is on a 7 day trial which could suggest other locations begin getting Timeline in the next couple of weeks.

Timeline is also likely to strain the servers at Facebook a little more as a lot more information will be readily available for users which generally wasn’t accessed (meaning a lot of very old information that nobody really dug up). Now that millions of users will be scanning through history, Facebook will likely have come up with a way to cope with the extra traffic and calls for information that hasn’t been called for in a long time.

We’ll update the information as soon as Facebook rolls out Timeline in other locations.

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