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How To Change Your Facebook Profile To The New “Timeline”

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011

How To Change Your Facebook Profile To The New “Timeline”

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”.

Mark Zuckerberg Introduces Facebook Timeline

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”


Step 1

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.

How To Change To Facebook Timeline - Step 1


Step 2

Click on “Create New App” at the upper right hand side of the page.

How To Change To Facebook Timeline - Step 2


Step 3

A box like the one below will pop up, and you’ll need to fill in the boxes with a “display name” for your new app and another one for a “namespace“.  You can type in any name that you want but for the “namespace”, all characters have to be lower case and make sure there are no spaces in between characters.  Wait for the system to check if your desired name is available.  Finally, for this step, make sure to check the box next to “I agree to the Platform Privacy Policy“.

How To Change To Facebook Timeline - Step 3


Step 4

A new pop-up box like this for security check might appear.  Just follow the instructions and hit “submit“.

How To Change To Facebook Timeline - Step 4


Step 5

This should be the next page you’ll see.

How To Change To Facebook Timeline - Step 5


Step 6

On the left hand side of the page, click on “Open Graph Getting Started“.

How To Change To Facebook Timeline - Step 6


Step 7

…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“.

How To Change To Facebook Timeline - Step 7


Step 8

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“.

How To Change To Facebook Timeline - Step 8



Your new Facebook Timeline has just been activated!  This was what mine looked like when I first experimented with it.

How To Change Facebook To Timeline


This is how your recent stories and other posts will be displayed.

How To Change Your Facebook To Timeline


Viewing older posts was very easy. Simply click anywhere on the timeline bar.

How To Change Your Facebook To Timeline


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!

How To Change Your Facebook To Timeline


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!  :)




About The Author: Myla “MyMy” Upshaw

Myla “MyMy” Upshaw is a stay-at-home mom who prides herself on her status as a Filipino Christian wife and mother and “domestic goddess”. She blogs about popular subjects for stay-at-home moms such as fashion, family, beauty, relationships, entrepreneurialism (“mompreneur”), movies, self-improvement, health & wellness as well as about her faith as a follower of Christ.

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  1. Myla Upshaw

    My sincerest appreciation goes out to all of you for “LIKING” this post. Thanks for the luuuuv!!! :)

  2. barbarabalaban

    listen this delaying every month thatfacebook timeline will roll out for users thats a lie they keep changing dates months and nothing if this does not happen many users like me willleave facebook it is not fair to us i have tried developer app they do nto accept me so i hope thatfacebook will stop delaying and make this happen cause it is to long since he anounced that it was going to happen .so i would like the real truth of this famouse timeline for facebook

    • Myla Upshaw

      I understand what you mean. At the time I wrote this post, it was said that Timeline will be open to the rest of the Facebook community. I’m quite surprised it hasn’t happened yet. But I’m sure there must be a good explanation. Perhaps FB Admin is still making sure everything works out right before rolling it out for everybody else. I guess we’ll all just have to be patient… otherwise, just follow the steps above and you can immediately enjoy the Timeline without having to wait any longer. :)

  3. Rosetta Modha

    Hi there! I have been searching everywhere for information on how to change to timeline on Facebook! Thanks to you, MyMy, I finally found it.

    Good work and great looking site! Thank you again!

  4. e5e5yr6

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    Keep up the good work on these posts, MyMy! Great job!

  5. Dick Franco

    unbelievably complicated I gave up.

  6. Russell

    Tried it 5 times and still not working, went through step by step

  7. Kayce Peasant

    Exactly what I was searching for! I appreciate you for putting this up! :-)

  8. lena

    I hate the timeline….how do i get my old facebook profile back….

    • Myla Upshaw

      Hi, Lena. After careful and thorough research on this, and to quote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg,

      “Once you switch over to FB Timeline, you cannot go back to your previous profile.”

      Now, on its face, that might sound like a bad thing to you and me, but if you’ll indulge me for a moment, I think that we can and should look at this in a positive light (especially since there is nothing we can really do about it now, anyway… right?). In truth, the FB timeline really is a fresh, new way of looking at Facebook and of sharing your information with your friends (and the rest of the world). In my opinion, it is much easier to navigate, allowing users to jump from one specific point in time to another (e. g. you’re looking for specific posts or updates from last year, etc.). I think that FB Timeline is definitely more fun in terms of design in the way it displays your photos and other activities. So, since we can’t do anything about it anyway, unless you’re prepared to walk away from Facebook all together, I would encourage you to embrace the new design and setup, and let’s just try to work through any challenges together. ;-) Anyway, I’m sure Facebook will be making things more “user friendly” going forward, so that this isn’t so challenging for us non-geeks.

      Regarding privacy and security settings in Facebook, the changes may take a little getting used to. However, in my humble opinion, in the grand scheme of things, this is a minor hurdle to overcome in the Facebook user experience. In fact, I find it much easier now to change settings with the new FB timeline than was the case with the old Facebook profile setup. (Look for me to expound on this subject in an up-and-coming post in the near future!)

      Again, since we have no choice but to just accept this (based on what Mark Zuckerberg said), it may be wise to just try to familiarize ourselves more with the new Facebook timeline and enjoy it in the process, as opposed to fighting it or complaining about it. :) That’s what I think. How about you? :)

    • Myla Upshaw

      Here is a new update on the Facebook Timeline. Check out my latest post, The Facebook Timeline Revisited. Hope it eventually works out for you and that you’ll change your mind about the new Timeline. :)

  9. Red

    Its not working. I gave up

    • Myla Upshaw

      Red, that is most likely because the procedure has changed since the Timeline has gone live worldwide some time in January of this year. Here is the latest update on that: The Facebook Timeline Revisited. You’ll be surprised at how even more simple and easy it is to activate the Timeline now. Good luck and hope it works out for you this time. :)

  10. Patricia Miller

    Help please! I had timeline, reverted back to the old, but want timeline back, but I cannot get it – help!!

    • Myla Upshaw

      Patricia, if you can no longer see a button on your own profile page that says “Get the Timeline”, then try going to a friend’s page (a friend who is already using the Timeline). There should be a notification box at the top of your friend’s page that says “This friend is using the Timeline” with a small green button that prompts you to “get it now”. Simply click on that button. Hope this helps.

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  13. Justin Bub

    I like this site very much so much superb information.

  14. Linsey Kuhlenschmidt

    Well I truly enjoyed studying it. This tip provided by you is very helpful for proper utilizing of the Timeline.

  15. vps

    I am lucky that I found this post, just the right information that I was looking for! Thanks.

  16. rene

    thank you for showing me how to do a timeline

  17. Lise Baglione

    You actually make it appear so easy together with your presentation but I to find this topic to be actually one thing that I think I might never understand. It seems too complicated and very extensive for me. I’m taking a look ahead on your subsequent publish, I’ll attempt to get the grasp of it!

  18. trishaakihiro

    i want this beautiful timeline in changing please help me.

  19. Mark Rajala

    I simply given your link for this post onto a colleague who was doing a bit of analysis on the Facebook Timeline. And he in actual fact purchased me breakfast as a result of I discovered it for him.. smile. So Thnx for the the detailed insight! And yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this. If attainable, as you develop into expertise, would you consider updating your posts with more on social media topics? It’s highly helpful for me. Big thumbs up for your effort!

    • Myla Upshaw

      Mark, you can tell your friend I’ll be ready for my breakfast treat anytime. (LOL) Thank you so much for supporting and even recommending my site to your friend(s). I’m no expert by any stretch of the imagination, especially when it comes to Facebook. I just share what I do understand and hopefully, somebody out there might benefit from what I have to share. :)

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