I recently (well.. today) did the little developer thing on Facebook in order to have access to the new timeline beta.
I read everywhere it was supposed to go public September 29th but… here we are, October 2nd. When I first used it there was a dialog box saying that if I didn’t publish anything it would go live Saturday. (Oct. 8th)… oh well.
I’m not gonna list all the changes but I’m going to focus on one thing.
THE BIG PICTURE. Not as in… the expression “seeing the big picture” but I mean.. the actual big picture that will be on top of your timeline.
(Timeline is the new profile page I guess…)
That picture is called a cover. You can choose one of your pics or upload a new one to fill the spot. It gives a little flavor or personality to your FB profile.
The really cool thing about this though, is that your profile picture overlaps that “cover” so you can create a custom “2window” design.
here’s a few really good ones to help you understand what I’m saying and to inspire you: 10 facebook timeline designs that will blow you away
For mine, I decided to go with an iOS icon theme…or an iPad theme…. Either way, My profile pic is “an app” (..of my face) and it’s surrounded by a few basic Apple apps and the popular social networking apps.
Let’s say the word app another time.
Anywho, here it is:
If you “install” the timeline, remember that as long as it’s not “officially out” no one sees your “cover”. Your friends will only see your profile pic (unless they too have it enabled). If you don’t put that into consideration, you may confuse a lot of people depending on the design you chose.
I hope it goes public soon hehe. …oh well.
Here’s the instructions on how to install the Timeline Beta (from Lockergnome.com)
If you want to create your own timeline cover design you can download this little JPEG template I found at cheechingy.com .
(click here to learn more about timeline and the new features)