Say goodbye to the Facebook Wall as you know it. Your personal Facebook profile is going to look very different, very soon.
Facebook has begun rolling out its Timeline feature to all users. A message at the top of your personal profile’s Home tab will inform you that your profile is being switched to Timeline. You will have seven days to review and edit your past posts, photos, videos, etc. before anyone else can see your Timeline.
If you want to see how your timeline appears to other people, click the gear menu at the top of your timeline, and select “View As.” You can choose to see how your timeline appears to a specific friend or the public.
You can publish your timeline at any time during the 7-day review period. If you wait, your timeline will go live automatically after seven days, replacing your profile (your stories and photos will still be there, they’ll just be formatted differently).
What is Timeline?
According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Timeline allows Facebook members to store and share videos, photos and posts from the most important moments of their lives, organized year by year.
A TechCrunch article by Sarah Perez states:
“…Timeline makes it far easier for you to travel back through your Facebook posts – posts which normally disappeared off your Wall and into oblivion. The posts from these previous months and years are now accessible through new navigational elements on the right-side of your screen that let you quickly travel back in time to the day you were born.”
Facebook has offered the feature on a voluntary basis since mid-December. But, if you’re like me (hoping that if you just ignored Timeline it would go away), you haven’t made the switch yet.
You can voluntarily switch now, and give yourself a few more days to get your Timeline in order. To get started, visit http://www.facebook.com/about/timeline, where you’ll find a helpful video tour.
Keep in mind that Facebook usually rolls out major redesigns to its personal profiles first and then implements them on Facebook (fan/business) pages. So be prepared for Timeline to appear on Pages in the not-too-distant future.
Four More Resources for Creating Your Timeline
- The Facebook Blog – Tutorial that explains how to find and change Timeline’s major features.
- TechCrunch – Reviews the changes and introduces the new tool, Activity Log, which allows you to review all your posts and activity, from today back to when you first started using Facebook. Fortunately, only you can see your activity log.
- How to Enhance Your Facebook Timeline with Apps -Whether you love to cook, eat, travel, run, or review movies, you can tell your story using timeline apps available from Foodspotting, Foodily, Ticketmaster, Pinterest, Rotten Tomatoes, Pose, Kobo, Gogobot, TripAdvisor, and others. From the Facebook blog.
- Mobile Timeline Available on Android and m.facebook.com – From the Facebook blog.
Do You Have Timeline?
If you’ve already activated Timeline on your profile, and you’re willing to share a link to it, please do. We’d also love to hear pointers from those of you who have switched, to help make the transition quick and painless for the rest of us. Thanks!