A Peek at’s Much-Anticipated Beta screenshot. March 23, 2012

Betabeat signed up for on January 24, 2011. “Right now we’re in closed beta, but we look forward to launching in Spring 2011. And because of your early interest, you’ll be the first to know when invites become available,” we were told. But it must have been a struggle to get the app running and populated with artwork, because we didn’t receive an invite until March 2012. (Wired got a sneak peek in November.)

At any rate, as of two weeks ago, we’re in. is an art shopping catalog, comprised of works from 2,400 artists from more than 200 galleries, museums and private collections, something like 13,549 works. Not all are for sale. The site includes high resolution images of the artwork and blurbs about the movements and artists; “American artist Alexander Calder changed the course of modern art by developing an innovative method of sculpting, bending and twisting wire.” Read More


Betabeat Reviews: The Terrifying, Awesome New Facebook Timeline

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Today, Facebook unrolled one of the largest front-end changes to the social network in its history: the Facebook Timeline. It’s front and center on your Facebook profile, and the totally revamped design aside, underneath is functionality that allows you to dip back into your own—or other people’s—history, to pinpoint exact dates on everything from uploaded pictures to status updates. In short, it aims to organize the entire history of your life in the most intimidatingly convenient way possible.

It’s currently only available to developers, but you can join that group pretty easily as evidenced by this TechCrunch post, which we used to enable Facebook Timeline moments ago. The team’s spit-takes on neu-Facebook, in chronological order: Read More