Ready or not, here it comes: Timeline takes over Facebook today [update]

By on March 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM.

Ready or not, here it comes: Timeline takes over Facebook today [update]

After being greeted with mixed reactions, millions of users have warmed up to Facebook’s new layout, dubbed Timeline. The new face of Facebook places all of a user’s interactions with the social network on the profile page in reverse chronological order, giving friends a single destination with infinite scrolling on which they can observe all status updates, photos, wall posts and more. While Facebook tried its best to make the transition an easy one, the company said in January that the slow march to making Timeline a requirement was underway. As of Friday, Timeline is no longer an option and those users who have not already made the switch will be forced to do so.

UPDATE: A Facebook spokesperson contacted BGR to clarify that only Pages are being updated today. Timeline for profile pages are still being rolled out and there is no concrete date for when the mandatory changeover will take place.

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Facebook forcing Timeline on users ‘over the next few weeks’

By on January 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM.

Facebook forcing Timeline on users ‘over the next few weeks’

Facebook announced on Tuesday that the company’s Timeline feature will be forced on users “over the next few weeks.” Facebook introduced the Timeline feature last year, which transforms a profile page into a timeline of a user’s life, highlighting photos, posts and life events that help tell the user’s story. Once activated, people will have seven days to preview the Timeline content before it goes live on the account. Last week, Facebook added a feature that enabled apps to populate timelines with new information, such as a virtual passport to share a user’s favorite locations. More →

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Facebook launches apps for Timeline

By on January 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM.

Facebook launches apps for Timeline

Facebook on Wednesday evening announced new applications that can be used to populate users’ Facebook Timelines with new information. The initial launch apps include Foodspotting, Foodily, Ticketmaster, Pinterest,Rotten Tomatoes, Pose, Kobo, Gogobot, TripAdvisor and several others. “If you’re a traveler, you can add the Gogobot and TripAdvisor apps to bring a virtual passport to your timeline, and show your friends where you’ve been and share tips about your favorite spots from around the world,” Facebook product manager Carl Sjogreen explained in a blog post. Thankfully, Facebook has added an option that allows users to choose exactly who can see the updates from each application, which means Timelines shouldn’t be too flooded with updates about what an old friend from highschool has been cooking for dinner all week. Sjogreen also said more applications for additional interests will be added over time. More →

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Facebook Timeline now live for all users

By on December 15, 2011 at 3:25 PM.

Facebook Timeline now live for all users

Facebook on Thursday activated its Timeline feature for all users of the social network. Facebook’s Timeline totally revamps a user’s profile page and lists events, such as check-ins, new friends, photos and more, in chronological order. We registered as a developer and have been using the Timeline feature for the past few months. We love that we’re able to go all the way back to 2004 when we first joined the social network to see early posts, but it’s a bit tedious to go through years and years of content to delete or hide posts that are no longer relevant. Facebook Timeline also allows each user to set a unique “Cover” photo that sits at the top of a user’s page and is independent of a profile picture. The Cover feature makes each page feel different and allows a user to add a unique flavor to his or her profile page. Overall, it’s definitely one of Facebook’s better updates in recent memory and we think most users will like the new features. Timeline was originally unveiled in September during Facebook’s annual F8 conference. More →

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Facebook unveils revamped ‘Timeline’ profile page, teams with Spotify and Netflix [video]

By on September 22, 2011 at 2:15 PM.

Facebook unveils revamped ‘Timeline’ profile page, teams with Spotify and Netflix [video]

During the F8 conference on Thursday, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage to introduce a host of new features that are rolling out to the social network. The major change is called “Timeline” and it takes advantage of existing pictures and status updates to create a more visual experience of “who you are.” As you scroll down your personal timeline, you’ll be able to view pictures and updates throughout the years. There is a new option in the upper right-hand side of your profile to quickly skip to a year in time too, and many of the features are also available on Facebook’s mobile applications. Read on for more, including a video of Facebook’s Spotify integration in action. More →

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Motorola delays DROID BIONIC until summer, makes changes

By on April 19, 2011 at 4:35 PM.

Motorola delays DROID BIONIC until summer, makes changes

Well, we suppose there’s a good and a bad here. The Motorola DROID BIONIC was lightly rumored to have been cancelled due to repeated internal delays — said to be related to heavy battery life issues among other things — but that isn’t exactly true. Originally slated to be released in the second quarter, Motorola has now placed the BIONIC on a (late) “summer” release schedule, complete with “several enhancements to make this an ever better consumer experience,” according to a Motorola spokesperson speaking to The Wall Street Journal. We’ll always have you, ThunderBoltMore →

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Issues prompt Twitter to revert site design

By on April 5, 2011 at 7:46 PM.

Issues prompt Twitter to revert site design

Social networking site Twitter has been dealing with some serious performance issues for the past several hours. The problems seemed to begin earlier today when a handful of users reported seeing unfamiliar tweets and timelines displayed on their Twitter landing page. The issue may have something to do with the new Twitter layout, as the company has temporarily reverted back to the old site design for some users. The site has yet to issue a public statement explaining the issue(s). More →

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Motorola ATRIX 4G and XOOM tablet to launch next month

By on January 27, 2011 at 11:20 PM.

Motorola ATRIX 4G and XOOM tablet to launch next month

Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha confirmed on the cell phone maker’s fourth-quarter earnings call that two of Motorola’s highly anticipated upcoming devices will launch next month. AT&T’s upcoming convertible superphone, the Motorola ATRIX 4G, and Verizon Wireless’ monster tablet, the Motorola XOOM, both look set for a launch at the end of February. The ATRIX 4G features a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, a 4.3-inch 540 x 960-pixel display and an option laptop dock that converts the device into a full-size smartbook. The XOOM is a Honeycomb tablet that sports a 10-1 inch display, full HD support and the same dual-core Tegra 2 processor as the ATRIX. Jha seemed more secure in the ATRIX 4G’s launch timeframe during the question and answer session at the end of the call, saying that the XOOM might be pushed back slightly to March. But Jha also reaffirmed that the 4G LTE-enabled Motorola DROID BIONIC and the LTE hardware upgrade for the Motorola XOOM are both on track to launch at the end of the second quarter. More →

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New Windows Phone 7 update details emerge

By on January 4, 2011 at 6:22 PM.

New Windows Phone 7 update details emerge

Web-famous Windows watcher Paul Thurrott has come forward with new details surrounding a pair of upcoming updates for Microsoft’s mobile platform. Some details jibe with earlier reports, while others are definitely news to us. According to Thurrott, two major updates are due this year. The first, dubbed “NoDo” (possibly short for “No Donuts” — mocking Android’s Donut update, which may have been perceived as minor), will find its way to end users some time in early February. Among the features to be found in NoDo are the “copy and paste functional addition, support for the Qualcomm 7×30 smart phone chipset, a CDMA location stack, and a number of software fixes.” Later in the year, we’ll see another update currently called “Mango” internally, which will apparently bring “Internet Explorer 9 with with the Trident 5 rendering engine, HTML 5 and Silverlight, and gesture support.” Mango may include some some new entertainment features as well. More →

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