Well I couldn’t resist – as soon as I heard about Facebook Timeline I simply just had to have it.
Most of Facebook’s latest updates i’ve absolutely hated with a passion – but Timeline is quite simply something else. It’s revolutionary and has seemlessly provided a much richer social experience. I personally get the feeling that Timeline is what Facebook was always meant to be from the begining.
The Timeline itself is all about documenting your life online and once it rolls out to everyone (12th october 2011) it will provide a much better user experience for everyone. Some will hate it, but I think this is possibly one of the best updates by far from Facebook.
Users now have quick access to Geo tagged photos, view lists of friends and page likes, track conversations within the timeline and easily update your status. But most significantly is now users can design their pages with a more personal touch. The large header image with thumbnail and personal details convey all the essentials in a logical manner. Simply it’s more engaging, easier to use and has made Facebook fun again.
If you’re impatient like me you too can have the Facebook Timeline ahead of it’s official launch – all you have to do it follow these simple instructions:
1. Log into Facebook
2. Enable developer mode, if you haven’t already. To do this, type “developer” into the Facebook search box, click the first result (it should be an app made by Facebook with a few hundred thousand users), and add the app.
3. Jump into the developer app (if Facebook doesn’t put you there automatically, it should be in your left-hand tool bar)
4. Create a new app (don’t worry — you wont actually be submitting this for anyone else to see/use). Give your shiny new app any display name and namespace you see fit. Read through and agree to the Platform Privacy agreement. This is the step you need to be verified for.
5. Ensure you’re in your new app’s main settings screen. You should see your app’s name near the top of the page
6. Look for the “Open Graph” header, and click the “Get Started using open graph” link.
Create a test action for your app, like “read” a “book”, or “eat” a “sandwich”
7. This should drop you into an action type configuration page. Change a few of the default settings (I changed the past tense of “read” to “redd” — again, only you can see this unless you try and submit your application to the public directory), and click through all three pages of settings
8. Wait 2-3 minutes
9. Go back to your Facebook homescreen. An invite to try Timeline should be waiting at the top of the page
And you’re done! We’ve seen this work quite a few times now, so it should work without a hitch for just about anyone.
This tutorial comes courtesy of the guys over at TechCrunch