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How To Enable Facebook Timeline

Posted: October 27, 2011 in The Blogs

  Facebook announced Timeline, a crazy (and kind of creepy) omnibus look at everything that has ever happened in your Facebook lifespan. It’s like a story book of your life — or at least the online, documented parts.

Facebook said that Timeline would be on the way for everyone sometime in the coming weeks… which is great and all, for everyone else. You’re the type of person who reads TechCrunch, and are thus likely the type of person who likes their new and shiny things right now.

That’s okay. We can make it happen.

Fortunately, enabling Timeline a bit early isn’t too difficult — but it’s not at all straight forward, either.

You see, Facebook is enabling Timeline early for open graph developers. You, too, can be an open graph developer — even if you’re just looking to dabble.

A few things to note:
– You probably don’t want to do this unless you’re actually a developer. Expect bugs.
– Only you will see your timeline at first (unless you decide otherwise), but it will automatically go public after a few days. My timeline was automatically hard-set to go public on September 29th.
– It seems that if you login into Facebook on another machine, Timeline gets disabled automatically on all of your machines. With that said, it seems you can get back to your timeline (but ONLY after following the steps below) by navigating to http://www.facebook.com/YOURUSERNAMEHERE?sk=timeline
– You’ll need to have a “verified” account for one of the steps, which means you need a credit card or phone number attached to the account.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Log into Facebook

2. 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.

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

4. Create a new app (don’t worry — you wont actually be submitting this for anyone else to see/use). Give your shiny new app any display name and namespace you see fit. Read through and agree to the Platform Privacy agreement. This is the step you need to be verified for.

5. Ensure you’re in your new app’s main settings screen. You should see your app’s name near the top of the page

6. 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”, or “eat” a “sandwich”

7. 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

8. Wait 2-3 minutes

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

And you’re done! We’ve seen this work quite a few times now, so it should work without a hitch for just about anyone.


Central Australia – a call to erase stamp duty on all transactions on properties (land, business, home) was reechoed by the the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) to the government of Australia. Ms. Amanda Lynch, the REIA chief executive, exclaimed at the national Tax Forum that the current cost of stamp duty caused housing, land and property ownership is crippling most first home buyers and seems to be totally expensive for property investors.

Today, The stamp duty’s cost across Australia are ceiling high, varying from four percent to six percent of the total price of an average house – literally means that it is really not appropriate for the budget of average Australians. More to that, the existence of high property prices together with the high cost of home loans are also additional burden to the average home buyers and property investors.

REIA chief executive Amanda Lynch had factual figures stating that incentives alloted for first home buyers lack uniformity averaging from zero stamp duty concessions in Tasmania to concessions which are only available for new homes that values up to $600,00 in New South Wales. In other part of Australia, there is also a $250,000 limit on stamp duty concessions in South Australia.

The REIA chief executive also pinpointed that the stamp duty  is a huge barrier for Australians who want to avail affordable homes and first home buyers. “Stamp duty is a huge blunder to labor mobility. It has a tremendous effect against those who want to downsize, people who are in a tight budget and even those who move to where their jobs are, most likely the elderly and family starters,” added by the REIA chief executive.

In the latest Deposit Power Housing Affordability Report of REIA, evidence that measures need to be suitably written to aid first home buyers is strongly highlighted. The Deposit Power Housing Affordability Report exhibited a great decline in housing affordability over the past twelve months and also the number of first home buyers in the market, from 30 percent in 2009 to 15 in percentage at present.

“The REIA connotes more efficient revenue sources as replacement of inefficient and expensive property taxes. We all support a multiple review of the alternative solution,” noted by REIA chief executive.