NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Your Facebook page is about to get a complete facelift.
Facebook revealed Thursday that its long-awaited profile redesign known as Timeline is now available for all users to try out. Anyone with an account has the option to sign up for the new profiles now by going to Facebook.com/timeline and clicking the “Get Timeline” button at the bottom of the page. Otherwise, they can wait for a notification to pop up at the top of their profile in the coming days alerting them to the change.
Facebook first teased the redesign at a developers conference in September, saying that Timeline would be available within “a few weeks.” However, the company only started rolling out the service earlier this month to a tiny portion of its users in New Zealand.
Once you sign up for Timeline, you’ll have seven days to test it out and format it to your liking before the changes automatically become visible to your friends. If seven days sounds like more than enough time, keep in mind that Timeline isn’t just a visual redesign, it also completely overhauls the information that is visible to your contacts on the social network. That means it’s time to rethink your profile.
Timeline effectively transforms the traditional Facebook profile from a simple page on a website to an all-encompassing scrapbook of a person’s life. At the top of the page, users now have space to place a large landscape picture in addition to their profile photo. Beneath that, there are thumbnails highlighting your friends, photos, a map of where you’ve visited or checked in and the posts you’ve liked on Facebook, as well as additional thumbnails you can add to this row like subscriptions and subscribers, all of which could be seen on the old profile but are now more prominent.