Introducing The New Facebook “Timeline”
At Facebook’s Annual Developers Conference, or F8, which was held last September 22nd in San Francisco, CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally unveiled the new “Timeline” user interface for Facebook, with the tag line “Timeline: The Story Of Your Life“. Despite having amassed strong protests from a large number of users following some changes made to the News Feed some time last week, Zuckerberg was excited to introduce this new change which is believed by many social media experts to radically and significantly alter the way users share and display information on their profile. As Zuckerberg said, “It’s how you can tell the whole story of your life on a single page…all your stories, all your apps, and a new way to express who you are”.
To quote John Stevens and Rob Waugh, “The new Timeline feature is reminiscent of an online scrapbook, with the most important photos and text that users have shared on Facebook over the years. The timeline can go back to include years before Facebook even existed, so users can add photos and events from, say 1995 when they got married, or 1970 when they were born.”
The large photo cover feature at the top of the profile page is, in my humble opinion, Timeline’s biggest attention grabber. As the name suggests, there is a timeline that breaks down all of a user’s posts into mini highlights dating all the way back to when the person first joined Facebook. Users will be able to see every recent post published but even more interesting is the fact that Timeline allows a user to easily jump from one specific time to another, and view all posts published from within that specific time frame. I will talk more about these specifics in my next blog post and I will include my personal opinion on what I think are the strong points and weak points of this new Facebook Timeline.
Meanwhile, if you can no longer contain your curiosity, and you wish to get a special developers preview of the new Timeline (before it goes live some time in October), simply read the following steps on how to change your Facebook profile to “Timeline”:
How To Change Your Facebook To “Timeline”
The first step in how to change your Facebook to Timeline is to go to the Facebook Developers Page by clicking here. This is the page that you will see. If you haven’t signed up before, you will need to sign up for an account. Just follow the steps for creating an account. Otherwise, simply click on “Apps” at the top of the page.
Click on “Create New App” at the upper right hand side of the page.
A new pop-up box like this for security check might appear. Just follow the instructions and hit “submit“.
This should be the next page you’ll see.
On the left hand side of the page, click on “Open Graph Getting Started“.
…and it will lead you to this page. Fill in the boxes (blanks) with any one word “action” and any one word “object” describing what people can do with your app (ex. People can pick a fight). Then hit “Get Started“.
Lastly, go to your Profile page and provided that you followed all the steps, you will see this message box at the top of your profile page. Simply click on “Get It Now“.
Your new Facebook Timeline has just been activated! This was what mine looked like when I first experimented with it.
This is how your recent stories and other posts will be displayed.
Viewing older posts was very easy. Simply click anywhere on the timeline bar.
You may also use other photos for your cover photo. Here, I created my own banner. Whatever photo you choose, it definitely helps set the tone or attitude for your page. This is taking your Facebook “online presence” to a whole new level, y’all!
So there you are, friends! Now you know how to change your Facebook profile to Timeline. I hope I was successful in simplifying the procedure for you. Enjoy your new Facebook Timeline and please feel free to share your thoughts on this new Facebook interface with me below!
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