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Thursday
Dec152011

Facebook Timeline Launches on Mobile Devices, But Not for iOS



Facebook's Timeline is now available on the mobile site, m.facebook.com, as well as the Facebook for Android app. Users on iOS can still access the Timeline from the mobile site but it is not yet included in the native app. 

"Mobile timeline starts with your unique cover photo," the Facebook blog states. "As you scroll down, you'll see your posts, photos and life events as they happened, back to the day you were born. Photo albums and other posts are horizontally swipeable, so you can quickly view multiple photos or posts inline without leaving timeline. You can also swipe through the views at the top of your timeline to navigate to your map, photos, subscribers and more."

Posts now appear in several different ways on the mobile Timeline. For instance, the photos shared are much bigger and when you check in, you'll see it on a map.

Facebook just launched Timeline worldwide today. When you upgrade to Timeline, users have seven days to design it before anyone else can see it, but you can also publish it anytime before that. The opt-in period for Timeline will last for a few weeks so people don't need to activate it right away.

Facebook first announced Timeline at f8 in September, along with the Open Graph and Spotify integration. Since then, the Timeline has received mixed reviews. 

Latakoo CTO Ben Werdmuller, for instance, called the Timeline "nearest thing [he's] seen to a digital identity (and it's creepy as hell)."

Some users commenting on the Facebook blog are complaining that they miss the old Facebook, while others are embracing the Timeline.

"Benjamin Sapsford Spend some time with the page and you will see it actually is very streamlined and not scattered and messy," Matthew Schell writes on the Facebook blog in response to someone who thinks Facebook should make it an optional upgrade. "I love my timeline page. Also upgrades do pay for the service otherwise there would be no reason to do them. Upgrades keep the site fresh and add more functionality with the hope of attracting new users and keeping the current users on the site longer. By doing so there are more people viewing ads more frequently and hence paying for the service."


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