It’s a start: Facebook begins Timeline rollout in New Zealand

Screenshot of Timeline (click to enlarge)

Updated. Facebook has officially started rolling out the new Timeline user interface in earnest, some 10 weeks after announcing its imminent release at the f8 conference in September. But users in the company’s native United States will still have to wait for Facebook’s new look: The roll-out is starting in New Zealand.

Facebook’s Sam Lessin spilled the news in an update to the company’s initial blog post about Timeline that reads:

“We announced Timeline in September and made it available to developers building apps on our platform. Since then, over a million people have signed up for the developer beta to access Timeline. The feedback we’ve received so far has been invaluable. Starting today, we are making Timeline more widely available as we measure speed and other types of performance. We’ll begin by making it available to people in New Zealand and then roll it out more broadly in the near future.”

We’ve reached out to Facebook for more details on when Timeline will hit the US — and why Kiwis are the lucky ones to see the launch first. This post will be updated with any comments we receive.

Update: Via email, a Facebook spokesperson said: “As a global company, we need to gain perspective and insights from outside the US. New Zealand is a good place to start because it’s English speaking, so we can read the feedback and make improvements quickly.”