Facebook rolled out a series of updates these past few days. While many were not thrilled about the new features like streaming ticker sidebar and general change in a few user interfaces, here’s one that in my opinion will make you very happy – the new Facebook Timeline.
Facebook Timeline is probably the biggest upgrade in terms of how your Facebook profile looks. It translates your old boring profile into some sort of a lifespan or story book. Facebook Timeline will be out next week according to TechCrunch, but if you’re the type who wants to be ahead of the game, here’s a workaround on how you can enable Facebook Timeline right at this very moment.
1. Log into Facebook
2. Enable developer mode, if you haven’t already by going to and activating Facebook’s very own Developer App.
3. Go to Developer App page: https://developers.facebook.com/apps
4. Create a new app – no programming needed just plain old tricking Facebook’s system. Name your application – any name would do. Read through and agree to the Platform Privacy agreement. Verify credentials.
5. Go to 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” I used an old app I put up months ago for this.
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 a few minutes.
9. Go back to your Facebook homescreen. An invite to try Timeline should be waiting at the top of the page. Accept it and voila, you’ll have a profile page similar to what I have now below:
Tutorial and pictures courtesy of Techcrunch.
You can read more about Facebook Timeline here.
In case you’re still having trouble setting up Facebook Timeline, watch this YouTube video below: