A lot has happened in the fast-moving world of technology since Facebook announced a major upgrade to its social networking site at the f8 keynote.
Such events don’t, however, downplay the significance of the implementations, designed to fend off advances by Google+ as well as maintain the company’s position as the most frequented communication hub on the Web.
Timeline has been lauded as the most important and coveted change of all, allowing Facebookers to record and edit their life stories using text, tags, and the numerous forms of rich content, emphasizing Facebook as a site for past and present as opposed to simply covering the here and now.
It’s taken quite a while for Mark Zuckerberg’s clan to get Timeline’s wheels in motion, partially due to a lawsuit initiated by Timelines Inc., which claimed the social hunt had stolen a copyrighted name without due permission.
With the court case cleared up, though, Timeline has successfully begun to launch worldwide, beginning in New Zealand and gradually spilling across the globe.
The next step – often a real stumbling block for Facebook – is to port the changes wholly through to mobile, which accounts for a significant chunk of those trawling social networks. The official Facebook app hasn’t always been a favorite amongst consumers, often strewn with bugs and problems hindering smooth usage.
As of today, users of Google’s Android mobile operating system will be able to enjoy an updated version of Facebook (1.8.1) which includes Timeline integration, meaning changes can be made and Timelines can be viewed on-the-fly.
While iOS and WP7 users cannot yet enjoy such advancements in terms of an app, the m.facebook.com mobile site accessible through mobile browsers now also caters for Timeline access, and if history is anything to go by, the official app updates shouldn’t be more than a couple of days away.
You can download the Android version straight from the Android Marketplace through this link. Those not running a form of Google’s mobile OS should head over to m.facebook.com for a preview of things to come.
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