Facebook releases the Timeline for everyone

Facebook has officially rolled out the Timeline layout for everyone, months after previewing the new look at its f8 conference for developers. Users have seven days to review what they want posted to the scrapbook-like look of their new profiles before anyone else can see it, the company said in a blog post.

The new layout displays stories — statuses, pictures, shared links, notes, etc. — that branch off of a center line. Facebook has added some events to user timelines based on information it already has from profiles, such as the year users graduated college or started new jobs.

To remove or hide stories from your timeline, head to the edit (pencil) icon in the upper right-hand corner of any item on your timeline and scroll down to “Hide from Timeline.” You can also adjust the settings of which friend groups can see certain items.

Those interested in using Timeline right away can opt-in right now or wait until Facebook notifies them with a link at the top or their profile page.

Mashable reports that Facebook will not be bringing the Timeline for brands quite yet. “We are currently focused on Timeline for individuals and will consider how to make consistent experiences for Pages,” a rep told the site before saying there was nothing to announce at that time.

(Disclosure: Post Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Donald E. Graham sits on Facebook’s board of directors.)

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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