Saturday, September 24, 2011

How To Enable the new feature "Timeline" in Facebook



If you are all ready to go through the 8 simple steps in Facebook, you can enable the Facebook Timeline much before your friends. Facebook has started rolling out this new feature to the developers and also to all the users, it said to go public by first week of October'2011. We know it is hard to wait for 2 weeks to see and experience the new interface. So, below are few things to note and instructions to enable the facebook Timeline on your profile:

Facebook Timeline- Cover
Important things to Note:

  1. Expect bugs. Since, this hasn't rolled out to public you should expect bugs and you can report them here.
  2. Once you enable this new feature, you will have an option to see this only to yourself and wait for facebook to publish it (in a fornight's time) or you publish it immediately.
  3. Initially (Now), it might work ONLY in the machine where you activate this feature, you will have to go through these steps if you want to see this feature in a different macine.
  4. URL for your Timeline http://www.facebook.com/YOURUSERNAMEHERE?sk=timeline
  5. Your Facebook account should be verified, either a mobile number or a credit card should be connected to your account.
  6. After activation, be sure to check your privacy settings and also make the necessary changes in your Timeline so that your friends don't see any OLD wall posts which you think is not good have it in your at this moment.
  7. You are allowing access to Facebook Developer application and it doesn't mean that you are building or going to build any application. All you need to do after allowing access is to work around few basic settings, simple.


Instructions:
  • Log into Facebook.
  • 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 and grant the access.
Facebook Developer App- Grant Access
  • Jump into the developer app (if Facebook doesn’t put you there automatically, it should be in your left-hand tool bar). Direct Link
  • Create a new app. You will not be publishing this app neither to Facebook nor for the other users to view/use. Give your new app any display name and namespace. Read through and agree to the Platform Privacy agreement. This is the step you need to be verified for.
  • Ensure you’re in your new app’s main settings screen. You should see your app’s name near the top of the page.
  • 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”
  • This should drop you into an action type configuration page. Change a few of the default settings, and click through all three pages of settings and wait for few minutes.
  • Go back to your Facebook homescreen. An invite to try Timeline should be waiting at the top of the page.
We would love to know your comments on how these instructions helped you to activate this all new feature. Also you check how to remove Facebook developer application from your profile here.

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