Access the new Facebook profile and other updates first

Facebook (like other websites) usually gives access to new features to developers first. The new update is planned to go public on Friday (30/09/2011) and is going to totally change the way your personal profile looks! The new profile is called “Timeline” and is a major re-imagining of user profiles that allows users to build what’s essentially a visual scrapbook of everything they’ve done on the site.

Here is a snapshot of my profile looks like using the new “Timeline” view:

New facebook profile, Timeline view

New facebook profile, Timeline view

If you want to get early access of the new changes you can just follow the steps below:
1. Click on this link: https://developers.facebook.com/apps
2. If you get a request permission popup, click allow.
3. On the first page that appears click on the “+Create new app” button on the top right part of the page
4. Give a random App display name and a App Namespace name to your application, tick the “Agree to Privacy policy” tick-box and click on the continue button
5. After you’ve verified yourself as a human using the captcha popup, you’ll reach the following screen, where you’ll need to click “Open Graph” on the left side.

OpenGraph settings page

OpenGraph settings page

6. You’ll see the next screen, entitled “Get Started with Open Graph” — fill in anything you want (it doesn’t matter) in those fields under the heading “start by defining one action than one object for your app.” Click Get Started.
7. On the next 2 screens you don’t have to do anything, just scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Save changes and next” to advance to the next step.
8. You’ll be taken to the following screen. Wait a for a while, and then open your FB homepage. A n invitation will appear to you on the top of the page, to enable “Timeline”. Be patient at this point — sometimes it requires you to wait before the changes take effect.

Last step

Last step

Here you can watch a video that presents the new “Timeline” view of the profile page.

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