Facebook announces 60+ new apps for 'Timeline'

Facebook's developer partners today launched new apps that fully integrate with Facebook's Timeline presentation.

Facebook Timeline 

Facebook's new profile layout, Timeline, is designed to be a better way to "tell your life story." Timeline was supposed to roll out a few weeks after its September debut, but we still haven't seen it (in mass effect) as of early December.

Given Timeline's ability to dramatically change the way Facebook users display their digital lives, it will likely be a much-discussed feature once it finally rolls out in the new year.

Facebook Timeline

Facebook's new profile layout, Timeline, is designed to be a better way to "tell your life story." Timeline was supposed to roll out a few weeks after its September debut, but we still haven't seen it (in mass effect) as of early December.

Given Timeline's ability to dramatically change the ...

You know those "Alex P is listening to Sleezin' by Freak-Z on Spotify" messages you always see in your Facebook ticker? You're going to start seeing many more of those, and not just ones about your friends' music tastes. The ticker will soon be telling you about everything your friends are eating, photographing, buying, watching, tasting, reading and much more.

When Facebook announced last fall that Spotify and a few other apps would integrate with its Timeline platform, that was just the tip of the iceberg. Facebook today announced the immediate availability of more than 60 new apps that integrate closely with the social network's Timeline presentation.

The new apps announced to day include Foodspotting, Foodily, Ticketmaster, Pinterest, Rotten Tomatoes, Pose, Kobo, Gogobot, TripAdvisor, and others. See the full list here.

The new apps will display users' various activities and choices in the ticker, and in their Timeline in three different ways. A picture of a cheeseburger taken through the Foodspotting app displays as a free-standing update. The "Recent Activity" box in the user's Timeline reports that the picture was posted. The cheeseburger will also show up in periodic summaries of all the foods the user liked in the last month or year (see screenshot).

The new apps also make it easy for Facebook friends to share tastes and discoveries. You may see in the ticker on Facebook that one of your friends is cooking something interesting from a recipe in Foodily; if you also have the Foodily app you can just click on the ticker item and you are connected to the recipe.

Facebook's idea with all this is to take things that were once part of our "offline" lives--like travel planning, cooking and music listening--and make them online, public and trackable--to the extent that the user's privacy settings allow. Facebook has wisely given users control over who can see their app activities.

The endgame here is for Facebook to be the single platform where we report and share our tastes--not just with our friends but with Facebook. At some point, Facebook, which could be going public as soon as this spring, will figure out a way to profit from this valuable data without starting another privacy firestorm. Right now Facebook representatives are making no comment on this subject.

Related Story: Master Facebook's Timeline with this Handy Guide

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mark Sullivan

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?