Facebook Timeline allows Facebook users to convert their account into an online scrapbook that catalogs the events in their life. Timeline organizes a users life in reverse chronological order based upon the information listed in the Facebook profile.
Facebook information listed in the profile will be indicated as milestones on Timeline. The user will be able to make a record of their entire life from the time they became a Facebook user to present day. To get the new facebook timeline feature is really very simple. In fact, there are just four simple steps to access Timeline.
Step 1. Log into Facebook under developer mode at this link. You may have to retype your password to continue to the appropriate developer view. When it requests permission, make sure to click allow.
Step 2. Create a new application by selecting the create new app button in the top left corner. Write anything you want for the application name and namespace, and agree to the terms and conditions.
You will have to have verified your account using your mobile or credit card number, and you may have to fill out a captcha too.
Step 3. Select Open Graph. The application must be defined by an action and an object of interaction. The description is usually just a verb and a noun, like Timeline and Profile.
Scroll down and click Save Changes and Next, and do the same on the next screen, and on the last screen click Save and Finish.
Step 4. Once you are finished, Facebook will recognize you as a developer. Wait a few minutes, and then return to your profile page. A Facebook invite to Timeline will appear.
Timeline will not show as your homepage each time you log in. Each time, you will have to use a special link to navigate to Timeline. The link looks like this:
If you don’t have a facebook username link refer to this tutorial on how to get a personalized facebook profile url.
The application is still in Beta version, so there are still a few bugs that need to be worked out. Overall, Facebook users should be able to enjoy the applications with little or no problems. As it is, Facebook has it set originally that no one else can see your new profile layout for about a week, so you can get used to it and organize it just the way you like. If you think you’re ready to show it off though, you can by pressing the Publish Now button that should appear in the top right corner.
Facebook Timeline allows Facebook users to select a personalized cover photo that sits at the top of the page, along with a profile photo. Three menu items will also be displayed in the right corner below the cover photo. The menu items include: Update Info, Settings and View Activity. Under these tabs, the user will be allowed to update the following information: Employment and Education History, Contact Information, Favorite Quotes, List of Family Members and Relationships and Places of Residence.
The user will also view a list of all Facebook activity since the day that you joined Facebook. The information catalogued will include information written on friends walls, photographs and links shared. Privacy may be set through the Settings Cog. The tab will also show you what your Timeline will appear like. A Facebook badge may also be added under this tab.
Check out the official demo of the Facebook Timeline at this link.
Many people enjoy viewing their progression through life and sharing the progression with others. Facebook has helped to make this possible in the past by chronicling social interactions over time, but it was difficult to paw through that sometimes to look for specific events. Timeline will help greatly with this, and it’s a lovely layout too. It should be quite popular with those that enjoy a pictorial and written chronology of their lives. (- Guest Post by Elaine Hirsch -)