Facebook reportedly testing new Timeline design

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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.

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 from BuzzFeed. Clicking on the link in the update opens the associated website, 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.

Facebook introduced Timeline in September 2011, promising a quick rollout. The feature appeared to be viewed as unfavorable by many users. According to a survey on the opinion site SodaHead in January 2012, a whopping 70 percent of users didn't like the redesign. The social network has yet to force all users to switch to Timeline.

Facebook did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.

This article originally appeared on CNET under the headline "Facebook testing new Timeline layout."


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