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Edition 1, Volume 12
All About Facebook –
Part 6: Finding your way around the new Timeline
Timeline: A collection of the photos, stories, and experiences that tell your story.
When Facebook introduced Timeline this year, groans could be heard around the world. At first I didn’t like it either. I thought the layout was confusing. But the more I use it the more I am enjoying its versatility.
Timelines have replaced the older Facebook profile page; and if you’re Facebook is still set up with the old layout, it won’t be for long. Facebook plans on slowly integrating the new look into all profiles this year.
What can the new Timeline do?
Here are some of the things you can do on Timeline that you couldn’t do on a profile page:
- Add a cover photo
- Log life events on an easy-to-read timeline
- See highlights from each month and “star” stories you want to highlight
- Integrate apps. Example: If you allow Pinterest permission to post to your Timeline (and yes, you have to turn it on; it’s off by default), Pinterest will create a little box on your Timeline where it shows your Pinterest activity.
Your cover photo is the large picture the top of your Timeline, right above your profile picture. Like your profile picture, the image is public, which means anyone visiting your timeline will be able to see it.
To add a cover photo, click “Add A Cover” and pick “Choose From Photos” or “Upload Photo.” To change your cover, run your mouse over the lower right side of your cover until Change Cover pops up, then choose “Choose From Photos” or “Upload Photo.” Once the cover photo is in place, you can reposition it or remove it completely.
Log life events
Your Timeline allows you to add any story you want: life event, photo, video, etc. It also keeps track of when the story was added and documents it on the right side of your cover photo in an easy-to-follow timeline. To add a story, place your cursor inside the “What’s On Your Mind?” box, found below your cover photo and “About” link, pick the type of story you want to add (status, photo, life event, video, etc.) then add details. Use the menu at the bottom of the story box to: tag friends, pick a date for the story, add a location, select an audience for your post. (Note: By default, life events start off as public).
You can also post a story to a specific date by scrolling to that spot on your Timeline and clicking “+”, or highlight stories by scrolling over the story box and clicking on the star.
Favorites: friends, photos, notes, etc.
If you look below your cover photo you will see a number of different thumbnails in an area Facebook refers to as “favorites.” Friends and Photos will always be part of that list. Other favs, such as Maps, Likes, Notes, Subscribers, Subscriptions, and apps, can be added to your favorites by clicking on the “+” sign and choosing the item from the drop-down menu. You can also rearrange your favorites (except for friends and photos, which remain stationary) by dragging the thumbnail to a different spot.
To find out how many favorites someone has, you will see a number in a box with either an arrow up or arrow down to the right of the first row of favorites below your cover photo on Timeline. That number will tell you how many other rows of favorites are on the Timeline. Click the down arrow to show all rows, or the up arrow to hide them. If a favorite has disappeared completely, re-add it by clicking on the “+” sign and choosing the item you want added.
You can also add friends to a list. By default, Facebook provides you with two lists: close friends and acquaintances. But you can custom create as many lists as you’d like. To create a new list, click on “Home” at the top, then on “Friends,” located to the left of your screen. Click “Create List,” give it a name, then add your friends to it. You can also add friends to previously created lists when you go to their Facebook page. All you need to do is click on “Friends” under their cover photo then scroll down to the list you want them added to and click on it.
Messages and Chats
The new Timeline allows you to message friends a number of different ways. One way is to go to their Facebook page and click on the “Message” link located below their cover photo. Another is to click on their name in the Online Friends list to the bottom right of your screen. If they’re online, you will be able to chat with them. When you’re done, your conversation will be kept under your messages. If your friend is not online, your conversation will go straight to their message inbox. A third way is to click on the message icon at the top of your Facebook page to the left of the “Search” box.
Another new cool feature Facebook offers is video calling. As you probably already know, when you click on an online friend (see above) a chat box will pop up. But what you might not have known is to the right of your friend’s name you will see a video camera icon. Click on that to see if they’re available for a video chat.
Updating your info
Want to update your info quickly? The Timeline allows you to do so by simply clicking on the “Update Info” link below your cover photo.
Timeline’s activity log allows you (and only you) to see all your activity at once, as well as edit what’s already there. The link to your activity log is located on your timeline right below your cover photo and to the right of “Update Info.”
Timeline also allows apps you choose to be integrated into your timeline so your friends can be updated with your latest activity. From the app install screen you can also choose who can see your app activity. If you decide to change your app settings later on, you can do so by clicking on the drop down arrow next to Home, choose “Account Settings,” then “Apps” (“Apps” will be located on the left side of your screen). From there click on “Edit” to change your app’s setting.
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And that’s Timeline in a nutshell: simple to use and easy to navigate once you get used to its many great features.
Next week: All About Facebook – Part 7: Potpourri and wrapping it up