Facebook tests Timeline redesign

Jared Newman
23 May, 2012
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Facebook’s Timeline profiles may be getting a redesign, but this one probably won’t trigger a backlash.

The new Timeline design, spotted by TPM Livewire, condenses the biographical information at the top of the page, so it’s nested within the user’s banner image instead of appearing below.

Links to the user’s friends list, photos, locations and Likes are tucked neatly underneath the banner, next the user’s profile picture. Alongside those links, a new button called “Summary” leads to a list of major life events.

“We can confirm this is a small test, but don’t have anything further to share at this time,” a Facebook representative said in a statement.

Facebook introduced Timelines last September as a replacement for the site’s existing profile pages. Unlike the old profiles, users can add events to any point in their Timelines, even pre-Facebook, so that the page tells an entire life story. Facebook began rolling out Timeline to all users in January.

The existing design does seem a bit sloppy and in need of streamlining, so the changes that Facebook is testing probably wouldn’t cause users to revolt – as is often the reaction to new designs.


New Facebook Timeline being tested.

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