Facebook launches 60 new apps for Timeline
Published 19/01/2012 | 16:14
FACEBOOK has launched 60 apps for Timeline, its new profile page, which allows people to listen to music, watch movies and buy cars within the site.
The new set of apps are in a bid to boost the appeal of Facebook’s new profile, which allows people to share their life story in a single page and carry out various activities, such as sharing music, without leaving the social network.
British apps which were announced at the Facebookpress event yesterday in San Francisco include: Autotrader – which allows people to talk about their desired car choice and then purchase it after getting feedback from friends, Artfinder, which allow people to add their favourite artworks to their Timeline and share snaps from galleries, and Soundcloud – which lets people share and upload any favourite sounds.
Once users have added an app, they can begin updating their timeline with their activities as they happen.
Timeline apps are designed to help people share activities with their chosen friends.
Facebook said more apps will be added over time and more details about the 60 new apps can be found here.
Announced by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and chief executive at f8, company’s annual developers’ conference in San Francisco last September, Timeline allows users a much more visually impactful profile and the ability to share the story of their whole lives.
Zuckerberg explained the thinking behind Timeline at the conference, saying: “Millions of people curate stories of their lives on Facebook every day and have no way to share them once they fall off your profile page...we have been working on ‘timeline’ all year…it’s the story of your life and completely new way to express yourself.
“It has three pieces: all your stories, your apps and a new way to express who you are.”
He said that wanted people to be able to share “their entire lives” on Facebook and have “total control” over how their content appeared online. Using his own profile to demonstrate the new timeline, Zuckerberg showed photos of himself as a baby which he has inserted into the new profile page which is organized by years.
The Facebook chief stated that he wanted people to “fill in the gaps” so that all users’ personal information was on their Facebook profile.
Members of the social networking site need to download Timeline in order to update their profile.