Facebook Timeline is finally here! Facebook has officially rolled out the Timeline layout for everyone, months after previewing the new look at its f8 conference for developers. Users have seven days to review what they want posted to the scrapbook-like look of their new profiles before anyone else can see it, the company said in a blog post.
The new layout displays stories — statuses, pictures, shared links, notes, etc. — that branch off of a center line. Facebook has added some events to user timelines based on information it already has from profiles, such as the year users graduated college or started new jobs.
To remove or hide stories from your timeline, head to the edit (pencil) icon in the upper right-hand corner of any item on your timeline and scroll down to “Hide from Timeline.” You can also adjust the settings of which friend groups can see certain items.
Those interested in using Timeline right away can opt-in right now or wait until Facebook notifies them with a link at the top or their profile page. Facebook announced Timelines in September, but rolled the feature out slowly. If you’re just getting Timelines now, or want to speed up the switch from your existing profile, here’s what you need to know.
How to Tweak Timeline Information
Of course, some Facebook activity is best forgotten. To remove a status update, photo or other activity from your Timeline, float your cursor over the top-right corner of the update, click the pencil icon, then select “Hide from Timeline.”
Adding information to the Timeline is also pretty simple. Just hover your cursor over the line down the center of the page, so it turns into a “+” icon, then click on the kind of update you want to add. You can add events all the way back to your birth, making for a complete life story.
How to Get Timelines
Head to Facebook’s “Introducing Timeline” page, and click “Get It Now” to activate the feature. Or, you can wait to see an announcement for Timelines at the top of your profile page.
Once you make the switch, Facebook will generate a Timeline on its own, but won’t immediately publish it. You’ll have seven days to make adjustments — say, to remove references to jobs you hated or significant others you’d rather forget. After that, there’s no going back to the old profile.
Timeline Not for Brands Yet!
Mashable reports that Facebook will not be bringing the Timeline for brands quite yet. “We are currently focused on Timeline for individuals and will consider how to make consistent experiences for Pages,” a rep told the site before saying there was nothing to announce at that time.
Courtesy: washingtonpost.com and pcworld.com