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How To Get the New Facebook Timeline

On September 22, Facebook announced their latest revisions which include integration with Spotify, Netflix and an overhaul on the user timeline. Access for all will be rolled out on September 30th. I am not patient enough to wait nine days for the latest and greatest version of Facebook. I thought “how would someone get access to the new  Facebook?”

Here is an idea: Google “how to get access to new Facebook.” Or, keep reading below.

I found an article from the Huffington Post which includes a video and a list of what to do. Below are the steps I followed to get access:

  1. On Facebook’s search bar, type in “Developer.” Click on the first result. Then click “Allow” to give the Facebook app access. In the next few steps, you will become a developer for a minute. Check that off the bucket list!
  2. When in the Facebook Developer App, click on “+ Create New App” button. Fill out the App display name and description. While nothing will be made public, be safe and name the app after yourself.
  3. Agree to the Developer privacy agreement. Don’t take the time to read it. You are only delaying and depriving yourself out of new Facebook.
  4. On the left side, click on “Open Graph” and type in a test verb and noun for your new app.
  5. Run through a few pages of new app information. There is no need to enter anything here. Keep on saving changes and continuing. The quicker you do this, the quicker you have new Facebook!
  6. Once completed, go back to your profile. It may take up to ten minutes, but you should have a prompt at the top of your old timeline to view the new Facebook! Hooray!

The above process is what worked for me. For those who do not want to play developer for a few minutes, there is another, yet slower way to get access: sign up for beta access where there is no guarantee on how long it will take to gain access.

Note: when you publish your timeline, only others who have followed the above steps to launch the new timeline for themselves will be able to see your new timeline. Everyone else will see the old profile.

Thanks to the Huffington Post for clearly documenting the process.

After you gain access, take the quick tour, play around and share your thoughts on Facebook’s latest and greatest version of itself.


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  1. September 23, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    Thanks for sharing Jason! It worked for me

    • September 23, 2011 at 8:10 AM

      You are welcome! What are your initial thoughts? I’m still in the feeling-out phase.

  2. September 23, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Woot! Worked for me too 🙂

    • September 23, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      Sweet! What do you think about it so far?

  3. September 28, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Something happened when I opened “open graph” (step 4). Not sure how to continue. Ahhh.

    • September 28, 2011 at 2:35 PM

      Nevermind – I got it. Looks like I was missing the “App Namespace” field. Duh!

      • September 28, 2011 at 11:24 PM

        Glad it worked! What do you think of it?

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