Hope you’re not confortable using Facebook Timeline yet because it could be significantly altered.
Facebook is testing out a new version of Timeline on a select group of users that changes the layout of Timeline from two columns to one column. Recent activities and other information typically posted on the right-hand side are no longer pinned there.
“In this test, the publisher and all posts beneath it have gotten wider. Modules like ‘Recent Activity,’ ‘Friends,’ ‘Places’ and those for any Open Graph apps are all to the right, similar to how they are on the original Timeline,” reports Inside Facebook, who first broke the story. “The difference in this design is that these modules are no longer the same size as posts, and when there are no more modules to show, the Timeline appears blank rather than filling in with status updates or wall posts.”
Since Timeline was first introduced, it has ushered in mixed reviews from designers, UI specialists and everyday users. There were a wide variety of complaints about Facebook Timeline including being confronted with old posts or overwhelmed by the new features. The new design, if implimented to everyone, could make it easier for people to read.
The one-column layout has a striking resemblance to Tumblr and Google+ in that they, too, have just one column. The streamlined design, in many ways, has become a standardized practice among social media services. Many of the most popular social media services display one-column streams of information.
Facebook has declinded to mention how many users are experiencing the change. It has also declined to specify if or when the feature would be rolled out to all of Facebook. For now, just a select few have the one-column view.