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March 13, 2013

After News Feed Overhaul, Facebook Also Redesigns Timeline

New Facebook Timelne

Facebook today unveiled a revamped version of the Timeline intended to give users a more organized profile.

Specifically, the social network is introducing better ways for apps to appear on Timeline, improved controls for users, and streamlined tools for setting up Open Graph.

The focus on apps, Facebook said, is due in part to how "apps [have] become an increasingly important part of people's identities."

Going forward, life events and posts will appear on the right side of a user's Timeline, while "other things people care about" will show up on the left, Facebook said in a blog post.

Apps will appear in their own section on the left-hand side of a Timeline and via the About tab up top. Categories might include books (below), music, movies, TV, and fitness, and users can add things to these sections by hand or via the apps themselves.

January 24, 2012

Facebook Now Upgrading All Profiles to Timeline

Facebook Timeline Whether you've been dreading Facebook Timeline or waiting for your friends to get it, soon all users worldwide will have the new profile layout.

Facebook said today in an updated blog post that "over the next few weeks, everyone will get Timeline."

Until recently, users were able to opt-in to Timeline; now they will be automatically switched over. When you get Timeline, however, you'll have a seven-day preview period, during which you can delete the content that is on your profile and hide what you don't want displayed.

When it first revealed Timeline, Facebook said it would eventually roll out to all users because it does not have the capacity to host two separate profile layouts.

The social network first rolled out Timeline in New Zealand in early December in order to monitor speed and performance in an English-speaking country. That testing apparently went well, and about a week later, Facebook made Timeline available to all users around the globe.

Timeline was originally announced in September and functions as a digital scrapbook of your life. Once you've gotten it, you can browse through your entire Facebook history, from your first friend to your most recent status update, with the option to add important life events.

January 19, 2012

Facebook Relaunches Timeline, Timeline Apps

Facebook Timeline Apps Verbs

On Wednesday, Facebook officially relaunched its "Timeline Apps," social applications that will plug into the Facebook Timeline and update your friends via the new Ticker.

The apps are part of the Facebook Timeline, which received a relaunch of sorts from Facebook at a San Francisco event Wednesday night. Over 60 partners now provide apps for Facebook, which will generate their own "verbs" on the Facebook Ticker.

Partners include app vendors in the travel, food, entertainment, fitness, and giving spaces, plus others like Ford or Chegg: they include Foodspotting, Gogobot, Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Causes, Pinterest, and Digg, among others. Ticketing partners include Ticketmaster, TicketFly, StubHub, ScoreBig, and Eventbrite.

Facebook executives also pledged to approve "any application" for the Facebook Timeline. Mike Vernal, a member of the Facebook engineering team, later clarified the issue, stating that Facebook would work with developers on all sorts of app submissions, and that it was working through its backlog of submitted apps.

"Our vision for Timeline and our vision for the application platform is whatever you love and whatever story you want to tell, you can add that to your Timeline," said Carl Sjogreen, director of product management for Facebook on Wednesday.

December 15, 2011

Facebook Timeline Rolls Out Worldwide

Facebook on Thursday expanded the availability of its Timeline feature worldwide.

Timeline was announced in September, and serves as a digital "this is your life." Once available, users can chart their entire Facebook history via Timeline, from their first friend to the most recent status update.

The social network first rolled out Timeline in New Zealand last week in order to monitor speed and performance in an English-speaking country. That testing apparently went well, and the feature is now available around the globe.

"Timeline gives you an easy way to rediscover the things you shared, and collect your most important moments," Paul, an engineering manager on the Timeline team, said in a blog post. "It also lets you share new experiences, like the music you listen to or the miles you run."

September 22, 2011

Zuckerberg Unveils Facebook Timeline

Zuckerberg F8

Wary of changes on Facebook? Mark Zuckerberg introduced a whopper called Timeline in kicking off the social media giant's f8 developer conference in San Francisco on Thursday. The ambitious new Facebook interface "tells the story of your life" with help from more robust app integration and simple user control tools to shape that multimedia tale.

Facebook's Timeline beta for developers "starts now," Zuckerberg said from the main stage at the San Francisco Design Center.

But before the Facebook founder and CEO got to the meat of his keynote (insert joke about he how killed it himself), first he engaged in some japes with Saturday Night Live comedian Andy Sandberg, in a "Gathering of the 'Bergs".

Sandberg, who provided dead-on impersonations of Mark Wahlberg and Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg to up the 'Berg quotient on stage, joked that Facebook had so many users now that "we've stopped counting you." Zuckerberg noted that this isn't so far from the truth—Facebook reached the remarkable milestone of half a billion users earlier this week.