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I heard that developers (those who create Facebook applications) can get a preview of the new Facebook Timelime. How exactly does one enable this beta preview?

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To enable Facebook timeline, go here: http://www.facebook.com/about/timeline

Hit: "Get Timeline."

Warning: Once you activate your timeline, you will not be able to go back to the original layout. According to this article, all Facebook users will soon be required to switch over to Timeline view.

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Here is one set of instructions. Basically, all you have to do is search for "developer", grant it permission, and create an app (it doesn't have to be a real one).


In detail:

Here’s how to do it:

  • 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.

  • Jump into the developer app (if Facebook doesn’t put you there automatically, it should be in your left-hand tool bar)

  • Create a new app. Give any display name and namespace you see fit.

  • 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.

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  • This should drop you into an action type configuration page. Change a few of the default settings (I changed the past tense of “read” to “redd” — again, only you can see this unless you try and submit your application to the public directory), and click through all three pages of settings

  • Wait 2-3 minutes

  • Go back to your Facebook homescreen. An invite to try Timeline should be waiting at the top of the page

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