Facebook announced it will begin out a new profile design dubbed Facebook Timeline, which the company describes as a chronologically-organized profile view that will “tell the story of your life” with photos, app activity, and updates. If you’re curious about how it looks on your profile and you want to try it out now, then here is how to do it.
Facebook announced yesterday a host of new features in what has been described as the biggest makeover in Facebook’s history. Most of these changes are obviously due to the emerging and growing threat from Google Plus, and one of the features that Mark Zuckerberg introduced was the radical redesign of the profile page. It’s called the “timeline” and it could prove to be the most controversial change of them all. Timeline displays your photos, application use, updates, and more in a chronological Timeline view.
Below you can see how mine looks after a little configuration. A few things to note are the row of icons next to where you type in your status provide dropdown with “Events”. These events allow you to verbalize things that happen under specific categories like: work, family, living, health & wellness, and Milestones and experiences. They have defaults but you can add your own. The slider on the top right will let you scroll back through your entire history of Facebook and even back to birth (so you can post your baby pictures now).
The only complaint I can really lob at the design in the few minutes I’ve spent with it is the FRIGGEN ENORMOUS WASTE OF SPACE for the “cover picture” at the top. Yes Zuck&Co I know we all have larger monitors these days and many people are ridiculously narcissistic… but dang that’s a lot of screen real estate.
As detailed by cnet the first thing you’ll need to do is go to the Facebook developer page. Don’t worry you don’t actually have to be a Facebook developer. Just log onto Facebook and then go to this link to get started and follow the steps below.
1. When you get here, click “allow.”
2. Click “create new app”
3. Give your app a name.
4. Verify you are a human.
Once the CAPTCHA is filled in you’ll reach this screen. Click the “Open Graph” link on the left.
5. Create your Open Graph
The next screen displays a “Get Started with Open Graph” information box. You can put in anything you want on this screen (again, it doesn’t matter as you won’t really be creating an application). So put in whatever you want in the input boxes for “start by defining one action than one object for your app.” and then click Get Started.
6. Configure Actions
Actions are interesting, as you can see how OpenGraph will allow for verbalization moving forward. For the purposes of getting access to the timeline view there is nothing you need to do on this, or the next screen, so just click Save for both of them to move through the screens.
You’re all done! Now you’ll just need to wait a bit and then go to your Facebook homepage. I think it took about 2-3 minutes to show up for me. When you go to your profile (it’ll still look like the old one at this point), you’ll be invited to enable Timeline. Again, it takes a little while before it kicks in so if you don’t see it right away be patient.
8. Visit your Timeline enabled profile page!
When you go back to your Facebook homepage, you’ll see this. Success! Click Get It Now, and you’ll have the new Timeline profile everyone has been talking about.
Once Timeline has been enabled you’ll get the all-to-familiar dialog prompts that you see with the new Facebook changes that give you a mini-tour of what’s new. Make whatever changes you’d like and the click Publish Now tp enable your timeline. If you do not click publish, the Timeline will go live on September 29, 2011 on it’s own.
Two points to note:
- Even though you can see your Timeline profile, you’re friends won’t unless they have done these steps as well.
- If you access your profile from another computer you won’t see the Timeline view. To access it on the new computer, visit http://www.facebook.com/[yourusername]?sk=timeline and it’ll be enabled on that computer. It’s a little goofy, but remember this is technically just enabling early access via a developer preview.