ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Facebook Timeline Apps - How to Share Activities with Friends Online

Updated on November 18, 2016
janderson99 profile image

John uses his scientific skills (PhD) & experience developing 50+ websites to research, review & evaluate SEO, website design, Social Media

Facebook has unveiled a set of 60 new applications to allow users to automatically share what they are doing and their music, travel, photos and fashion through Timeline on their Facebook profiles. This feature was first announced in late 2011, but has been re-launched with many improvements. Facebook devotees can seamlessly share news articles that they are reading, video that they are watching or music they are listening to and mow lots more activities.

The latest development increases the number of apps significantly and challenges developers to get on board and to develop a host of new apps. The new way of sharing has been described "frictionless sharing" or "sharing on the go" because once a user sign up for the apps, their activities will be automatically shared through Facebook. Timeline transforms personal profiles into virtual scrapbooks that can catalogue various aspects of a user's activities, experiences, lifestyle, happenings, events - everything from travel, food reviews, entertainment, fitness to favourite books, music, films and videos. This is Your Life - Exposed!


The vision for Timeline is 'whatever story you want to tell', 'whatever you love or hate', 'what you are doing or about to do'. It is added to your Timeline and your friends can now know about it, instantly as it happens. There are various security settings available so that users can limit who will be able to follow their activities and which activities will be shared and to whom. Users also can opt to not sharing anything via a given app, and can simply use it privately.

The latest release is a call to action by developers to expand the 60 apps currently available to hundreds and thousands. Facebook pledged to work in partnership with developers who wanted to make new and exciting app submissions. Facebook already has a backlog of submitted apps that it was working through and releasing. Currently users can share stories about movies they've reviewed via Rotten Tomatoes, dishes they cooked and ate using Foodily and Foodspotting, and places they've visited with Gogobot and TripAdvisor.

Current partners include app vendors in the entertainment, travel, food, music and fitness arenas, plus others such as Chegg or Ford. The existing partners include Digg, Pinterest, Causes, Tripadvisor, Airbnb, Gogobot, Foodspotting, and another 50 or so. Ticketing partners include Eventbrite, ScoreBig, StubHub, TicketFly and Ticketmaster.

How Timeline apps Work

As an example, timeline interfaces with popular music and video applications such as Netflix and Spotify, so users can automatically and easily share their movie-watching and music-listening activities with all their friends on the Internet. When a user watched a TV episode or movie on Netflix, for example, a 'storyline' about each activity, would publish in the news "ticker" or the user's activity stream. The idea is that this happens automatically. Users no longer have to manually share things by posting every time they listen to a tune, read a good news story or watch a video or movie.

Every new Ticker event is triggered by a certain verb: "Bill is playing FarmVille," for example. When a user is playing the game, Ticker posts will highlight game play to friends who can also share their activities. Ticker events get posted after a user signs up for an apps for FarmVille, for example, or for a music service like Rdio. Action notes to a user's Ticker are published from these apps, announcing that "Bill," for example, "just purchased" tickets to the Giants-49ers playoff game, or that "Anne nommed" an exciting new meal she found on Foodspotting.

Each app has its own dedicated module on a user's Timeline. This ensures the related activities, such as music or movies, to be grouped together.

At the end each month, quarter or a year, the app provides a summary of the most interesting content.

Timeline is Mark Zuckerberg's vision that places, people, activities and events define a user's life and can be captured as a snapshot on Facebook. All the interesting things that user is doing - what game the user is playing, what songs the user is listening to, what e-books the user is reading - can be posted to Facebook Ticker and published. This can provide a real-time commentary and story-book of events that showcases what your friends are doing now. Facebook has promised to control spam-like apps that would post updates in a continuous and annoying stream every time a user took a breath. Also the Ticker allows filtered to only report on activities deemed to be relevant and useful for the user. Also it allows ranking of posts so that if several of a users' friends are doing similar things, that activity will be elevated to Top News. The the OpenGraph algorithm decides what is relevant and what is not to minimize the garbage.

© janderson99-HubPages

© 2012 Dr. John Anderson


Submit a Comment

  • alocsin profile image

    Aurelio Locsin 

    6 years ago from Orange County, CA

    I'm just getting use to Facebook and now have to contend with the timeline. Perhaps these apps that you talk about will make the transition worthwhile. Voting this Up and Interesting.

  • christopher9882 profile image


    6 years ago from Chicago, IL

    Real enjoyed your article. Thanks for sharing.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)