Facebook fan page timeline is now out! Timeline will become mandatory for all fan pages at the end of March. You can preview the new design on your fan page now. So Facebook has released a new way to display your fan page content and now you have to figure it all out again right? Wrong! Not much has really changed other than the physical appearance of the page itself. They have also added quite a few new features that are exciting.
Now that you know you have to use Timeline for your page at the end of March you need to brush up on the new page and how to navigate it. Here is a list of some things you’re going to want to know to get your page looking spiffy:
MY TABS ARE GONE!
Your tabs aren’t gone they’ve just been moved. Now they are directly below your cover photo in a nice little row of boxes. As you can see from the picture below there are four boxes that contain interactive information about your page. The first box is photos and as of now cannot be removed. This means that you have three visible tabs next to the photos tab. All other tabs will be displayed in the drop down menu located to the right.
Customized Tab Icons and Positions
Once you click the drop down menu you will be able to edit which tabs are the most important. With the dropdown menu open you can hover over your tab image and click the pencil in the upper right. From there you need to select Edit Settings from the new menu. In the new window you can edit the name of the tab as well as the icon. You can upload a photo from your computer but the size needs to be no bigger than 111×74 and smaller than 5mbs.
The About Info is Smaller
As you can see from the image, the about info that is displayed is in a much smaller box. You can work around more information in the about box in the admin page. You can also put things like your address and phone number.
No More Large Profile Photo
The Facebook fan page timeline profile picture has been condensed down to a smaller thumbnail. This is actually very nice because it’s like an “icon” for your posts. This photo will show when you post on your wall, others walls and as your pages default icon. The size of the profile picture is now 126x126px.
Milestone Sticky Notes
One very cool new feature with Timeline is that you can add Milestones to your page. If you select the option from your wall you can name the event, choose a location, date, the story and add a photo. Once you’ve created the Milestone you can find it on your Timeline, select it and then sticky it to the top. This Milestone will be on the top of your page permanently. You can have multiple Milestones on your page. This is a great way to control the content that displays on your page.
Facebook Fan Page Timeline Cover Photo
The Facebook fan page Timeline cover photo is one of the best features of the new page system. You can read an article about the Facebook fan page Timeline cover photos from a previous blog post here on the site. It covers the dimensions and ideas for how to get the most out of the photo.
The new Timeline cover photo is a replacement to the old profile picture. This gives you large amounts of space to work with and really gives your viewers the chance to see what you’re about before they even read your content. The Facebook fan page cover photo does have limitations on what can go on it. Unfortunately Facebook has made it very clear that they don’t want any promotional material on the cover photos. This means no website links, coupons or advertisement. What I included in mine is a QR code. Putting a QR code on your cover photo is a great way to let people interact with you while keeping in the guidelines of Facebook’s rules.
Facebook Fan Page Timeline
The Facebook fan page Timeline update has many changes but getting to know each one will take some time and playing around with your page. At the end of March all pages will be converted and any programs, apps and design you currently use will need to be updated. Don’t wait until the official release, update now. Take this month to get to know the new Timeline system and stay ahead of the game.
Do you have any questions about Timeline? Want to know about apps or tabs? Leave a comment and let’s discuss it!