Article by Chris Taylor 8 January 2012

Remember the Facebook Timeline changes some users started to notice in December? The ones that include a row of fresh options at the top of the page, below your picture, and the banishment of “Maps” and thumbnail images?

Well, the changes appear to be rolling out for all Facebook users in New Zealand, where it’s already Wednesday. And they include a surprising new “Collections Manager” feature that lets you customize all that content at the top of your Timeline, as well as the ability to rearrange the right-hand column.

The timing makes sense: Facebook has a tendency to roll out updates to its service on a Wednesday. That suggests the rest of Facebook’s billion users will start seeing the change as the day progresses around the world. (Facebook won’t confirm or deny anything beyond this statement: “we are always testing.”)

Here’s what the new layout looks like:

According to the Kiwis contacted by Mashable, there’s another feature we didn’t know about previously. The Timeline change also offers the ability to “rearrange” the boxes in the right-hand column (Likes, Photos, Map and so on). Previously, you could only choose to hide them altogether.

The order of the boxes at the top of the page is now determined by a “Collections Manager”:

Reaction to the new design was mixed, with many New Zealanders suggesting Facebook was fixing a problem that didn’t exist. “It seems a kind of unnecessary change,” wrote Keren Phillips in Auckland. “It feels a lot more like old Facebook … more Wall than Timeline.”

Article by Chris Taylor –  Mashable

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