Facebook Timelines: Prepare Yourselves for the Evolution of Social Networking

This post was originally published on December 16, 2011 at http://www.webbedmarketing.com/Facebook-Timelines

Facebook Timelines are officially rolling out to Facebook users. Users can now enable the timeline by visiting https://www.facebook.com/about/timeline, then customize the information and layout and finally publish the timeline to their friends. Users have until December 23 to edit their timeline and choose to publish. On December 23 all timelines will be made live and will replace the old Facebook profile layout.

How to set up the new Facebook Timeline

Getting the Facebook Timeline is easy. Go to https://www.facebook.com/about/timeline and click “Get Timeline.”

Facebook then provides a tour of the new timeline and offers a 7-day preview. If you have no edits and want to publish your timeline immediately you can click “Publish Now” and your timeline will be made public. This will replace your profile’s old layout.

To edit items in your timeline, simply scroll through the page and hover over items you wish to edit. You can choose to change the date, add a location, hide from timeline, feature or delete the post altogether.

Once you have made the desired edits to your timeline, you can click “Publish Now” at the top of your profile page to share your timeline with your friends. If you do nothing, your timeline will go live on December 23, 2011.

What is so great about the new Facebook timeline?

I (virtually) attended the F8 Facebook Developers Conference in September and set up my timeline shortly after. I was inspired by the description of and theory behind the new timeline. “Your Facebook profile tells the story of your life.” The new features and layout allow you to express who you are in a very personal (or professional) way.

One of the coolest parts of the new timeline is your cover photo. This is the image at the top of your profile that is similar to a banner on a blog. It can be changed as often as you like and adds color and personality to your profile.

It is also easy to scroll through all the years of your life (or at least those spent on Facebook) and rediscover events, quotes, pictures and special memories. The year navigation bar at the side of the page makes going through the years so easy. You no longer have to scroll and scroll and scroll to find old posts on your profile.

Here are a few of my favorite memories from my timeline:

I joined Facebook (probably one of the best decisions)

I graduated from Kenyon College!

I got married!

Have you set up your Facebook timeline? What do you like about it?

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  1. jamie1961

     /  January 10, 2014

    Would you happen to be a descendent of John Roebuck (1842-1908) and Caroline Spalding (1843-1942) of London?


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