Tech Tip: Get Facebook's New Timeline Right Now

By on September 23, 2011, 12:55 AM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg yesterday announced a complete reconceptualization of profile pages on the popular social network with the introduction of Timeline. As Zuckerberg puts it, Timeline is the story of your life.

Gone is the single column wall of posts with the most recent updates telling '15 minutes of your story.' Instead, as the name suggests, you'll see a timeline of life events containing photos and other updates that stretches back to when you joined Facebook. Anyone viewing it can click back to any year where there are updates and see what was going on.

Facebook automatically selects the most important updates and highlights them with a blue dot. Grey dots represent hidden updates that might not be as important. Users can arrange their Timeline however they see fit by removing certain updates or highlighting others that might be important to them. The feature will begin rolling out to the public over the next few weeks, but developers can sign up for early access now. Here's how you can get it too.

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Guest said:

A completely working Procedure.

Yes, but one thing . .

Once done.

Go to Your 'Profile' Tab. .don't just wait on the Home Screen.

That's the mistake I was doing.

Thanks TechSpot.

Love You!

Guest said:

How long to wait? I have waited ages

Guest said:

Worked! I like it too. It's a fun change. Too bad none of your friends can see it unless they do it too.

Guest said:

Really thanks, it worked for me. I only had to wait for 2-3 seconds.

Guest said:

The only thing I'd add to that article is that at the end of it all when you put in the action you wanna work on and click "get started"? You have to go through the whole setup for that action before you'll get the invite.. there are three stages. You don't have to add any real content though, just click "save/next" at the bottom of each stage until you finish.

Then you get an invitation on your personal profile to try it out.

Guest said:

Any change to the News feed ?

Please change it so that the News feed stays as it was originally but any "Top stories" are (also) in a separate "top stories" tab instead of mixed in the usual News feed messing up the order.

Guest said:

For the last bloody time, there is NO CHANGE TO THE NEWS FEED. This is the way they WANT it, and frankly the way I want it too. They've -already- changed the news feed.. this is what they changed it to.

David40 said:

Personally I think any changes that make your life less private and more vulnerable are a bad idea. Fortunately I only joined Facebook recently so not much damage done. I sarted setting up Private Groups and then the feature disappeared. Either that's a bug or Facebook wants to eliminate any semblence of privacy altogether in their newest release. Not surprising as I understand Facebook was set up and financed by people from the Justice Department and CIA.

Guest said:

Happy to say that this works, very pleased with the results.

Guest said:

This was so easy, a 5th grader could do it! Thanks!

Guest said:

Right so... is there anyway to go back? I don't really care for it...

techeomania said:

Surely this is one of the most drastic change that has ever happened to Facebook. With the launch of this new timeline profile, Facebook has covered a lot of areas where it lacked and for sure made the competition even tougher for Google+.

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Jos Jos said:

Guest said:

Right so... is there anyway to go back? I don't really care for it...

You can go to the Facebook Developer page again and delete your app (or just the Action Type you created in Open Graph). However, you'll still be migrated to the new version over the coming weeks as Facebook rolls out the update to everyone.

Guest said:

I am lovin what I see so far!

Guest said:

the photos page on my profile is "buggy". I'm seeing some random status updates where there should be none (it's the PHOTOS page) and some of the photo albums are pushed off to the side of the page. Needs fixing!

Guest said:

it's not working for me in opera, but it works in firefox. Is there a way to make it work in opera as well?

Guest said:

Is there a way if you are a business, to apply the change to your fan page?

Guest said:

I got a problem in getting this kind of app. After the captcha, it goes back to the 1st page which is (Dev namespace and etc) while having this kind of message "You can no longer create apps because our systems indicated that your account may not be authentic. Facebook requires users to provide their real first and last names, and fake accounts are a violation of our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR 4.1), even when used to host or test apps. Also note that maintaining multiple accounts, even if they are authentic, is also prohibited. If you would like to create a test user to test app functionality, you can do so here: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/test_users/.

If you believe you have received this message in error, please submit an appeal: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact_us.php?id=140703502680
19." at the top of it.

Hope I could get a response from here :)

Guest said:

wow its works.Thanks for such an wonderful tutorial.

Guest said:

I think the Cover Image is too tall. Reduce 3/5 of it. That way the Profile Picture can get close to the top edge. Like this:

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or like this:

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Guest said:

After all settings I forgot to click "Facebook Timeline Beta" and it doesn't appear anymore. Where can I find this "button" to click it and start using timeline ?

Guest said:

If you need some details, please watch our video series on "Timeline", which is what the new profile is called. We have a three part vid series that goes into great detail in real time, to show you how to use it, create lists, . set up your privacy, and much more.

Thanks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjaLu83oQxo

Guest said:

I think what you're referring to is nka Secret Groups on FB. It's still possible to create/participate in a Group that only its members are aware of.

Guest said:

Has anyone noticed that for the past week or so the cover picture display is cut short?

Guest said:

How will I return back my profile? I dont wanna use the timeline anymore. Thanks!

Guest said:

Still waiting , , It's been about 30mins

Guest said:

I tried following this procedure TWO times! What could be wrong?? Please help. =( Wanted to try the timeline out

Guest said:

try to watch my time line design go to my blog

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1359464845

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'm not sure if everyone has been effected as of today but my guess would be it won't be long.

Facebook Timeline was finally forced upon me. I was logging in and checking for special messages from someone I consider special to me. As of today when I noticed being forced to use the new Facebook Timeline, I have deactivated my account.

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