The redesign for Timeline has been tested in New Zealand and other parts of the world, but Facebook announced Wednesday that it will start officially rolling out the new look to select users immediately. Much like Facebook’s updated News Feed, the goal for Timeline is to reduce clutter and place more options in the hands of users. The new design has about content and open graph actions on the left side of the page, with posts on the right side.
The redesigned News Feed Facebook announced Thursday is a beautiful, visually rich design with some borrowed elements from mobile user experience that helps create a smooth, clean experience. But you already read all about it. In an ideal world, a richer and more engaging News Feed is good news for brands, which can benefit from higher engagement on their already mostly visual posts. But there is always a “but.”
Facebook is testing yet another alternate layout for timeline in New Zealand, the country that has become the social network’s unofficial proving ground and launch market, and this version features status updates and shared content on the right-hand side, and a refurbished “about” section on the left.
Since 2010, PayPal has been one of the main methods of payment for Facebook developers. But as Facebook grows, the company is changing its PayPal policies for new developers in emerging markets, such as China, Brazil, and India. According to TechCrunch, developers in several countries must show extra identification as a means of authentication, such as photo IDs or incorporation papers, in order to be paid via direct deposit.
Facebook finally introduced Pages Manager for Android recently, but only to users in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. On Wednesday, Facebook rolled it out to users in the U.S. and the U.K., as well as all Google Play-supported countries.
While Facebook users on iOS devices have had the luxury of Pages Manager to keep tabs on their pages, Android users have not, but it appears that the application has now made its way to those devices — however only in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. First noticed by Inside Facebook‘s Brittany Darwell, Pages Manager shows up in the Google Play store for U.S. and U.K. users, but is not available to them yet.
What started in New Zealand continues in the U.S., as Facebook officially announced that it began rolling out the new privacy tools it announced earlier this month, starting in the U.S. and rolling out globally by year-end.
Facebook’s favorite launching ground for new features, New Zealand, maintained its hold on that title with Thursday’s launch of the social network’s recently announced changes to its privacy controls in the Pacific island nation.