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The Facebook timeline replaces the current Facebook profile, and is designed to let Facebook users share their whole lives on Facebook.
The Facebook Timeline feature rolled out about two months back on September 22, 2011 at the F8 developer event. However, it was not released to the public. Some users including me were able to update to Timeline using the developer release ahead of the public roll out. Some others signed up for Timeline, and the vast majority of others are still waiting for public release.
Facebook first announced that Timeline would go online on September 29, 2011, and then changed its launch date to October 6, 2011. But since then there has been no public statement made by Facebook regarding the release.
A copyright infringement lawsuit has been filed against Facebook by Timelines Inc., a small Chicago company. There are many speculations that the public release of Timeline is being delayed due to this lawsuit.
I didn’t write this article earlier as online media have repeatedly claimed that the feature would be released in the coming weeks.
Two months on, two things are prompting me to write this article that is not about Timeline but how to set it up.
Firstly, though I don’t have a sizable number of friends on Facebook yet I find less than 10% of my friends have signed up for Timeline.
Secondly, some of my friends have asked me how they could get developer release of Timeline.
If you are not tech savvy, the easiest way for you is to visit this Facebook introductory page and Sign Up for Timeline:
Tell your life story with a new kind of profile.
Signup for Timeline
If you find that Facebook is taking time, and you are getting impatient then the alternative would be to update to Timeline using the developer release. If you are a little tech savvy the procedure given below is very simple.
Procedure to Enable Facebook Timeline
Log into into your Facebook account.
You will need to have a verified Facebook account with either a mobile phone number or credit card number attached to the account.
If you already have developer account go straight to your Apps:
If you are new to developer go to
And click on Get Started
To create a Facebook app, click Create New App, and enter your app display name and app namespace to get started.
The display name aught to be valid and namespace need to be available (help available to choose correctly).
Agree to Facebook Platform Policies.
On the next screen, only add your contact email. There is no need to fill in anything else.
Just go to the bottom of the screen, and
Click Save Changes
You will get the message:
Once your information is filled out and saved without error, click on Open Graph in the left column of the page, below Settings.
Enter an action and an object for users to do while using your app (again, this information can be made up) and click Get Started.
Go back to your Facebook profile, and you will see a Welcome to Your Timeline – Developer Release message.
You may Start a Tour to learn more.
Then click Publish Now.
Your timeline will go live, enjoy!
Please note: During the developer release, only other developers will be able to see your new timeline. Everyone else will see your old profile.
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