Sunday, 2 October 2011

How To : Get the New Facebook Profile

You must have been hiding under a bush for the last week if you haven't heard about the new major Facebook update. Most of the  talk is pretty negative but I have to say that I absolutely LOVE the new look and usability. Finally your Facebook profile looks like a real page rather than an outfit that was thrown together in the dark. 

The update will be rolling out from next weekend but if you're keen to get ahead of the game, here's how.

Difficulty rating : Easy
Time : 10 minutes

Step 1
Log into your Facebook account.

Step 2
Go to the Facebook Apps Developer page.

Hit allow to confirm permission.

Step 3
After confirming permission you land on the Apps page (below).

Top right corner - click 'Create new App'.

Step 4
Name your new app.

It doesn't matter what name or namespace you give to your app but the namespace does need to be at least 7 letters.
Hit continue.
Pass the security check by filling in the Captcha.

If you haven't already confirmed your Facebook account you will be asked to do so now. If your account is already verified tick 'I agree to the Platform Privacy Policy' and move on to Step 5.
You can confirm with your mobile number or with a credit card.
If using your mobile, put in your number and wait for the confirmation code to arrive by text.

Put in the code and confirm.

Step 5
Once verified you get this screen.

Click 'Open Graph'.

Step 6
You have landed on 'Open Graph: Getting Started'.

You need to define an action here but it can be anything. Here's an example you can use. 
In 'People Can' box write 'Read' and in the second box write 'book'.
Hit 'Get started'.

Step 7
Page 'Open Graph; Action Type: Read'

No info to add to this page. Scroll to the bottom and hit 'Save changes and next'.

Step 8
Page 'Open Graph; Object Type; Book'

No info to add to this page. Scroll to the bottom and hit 'Save changes and next'.

Step 9
Page 'Open Graph; Aggregation

Scroll down and hit 'Save'.

Step 10
Takes you to the following page.

Wait a few minutes for the changes to take effect. 

Step 11
Go to your Facebook Profile Page. 'Introducing; Your New Profile'

Hit 'Get it Now'.

Choose 'Take tour' to see your new profile in action or hit 'Publish Now'.

And here's how mine looks...

Have a go and if you get stuck give me a shout.

Please do come back and share a link you your snazzy new page in the comments.


  1. Ooh, thanks for this, I've done mine and it looks fab!

  2. How exciting, that looks fab. I am going to give it a go now! Thanks!

  3. Thanks Sian , that's was fairly painless (except I put my husbands phone number in instead of mine, and had to wait for him to come home to see my text - DOH!). I think it looks great, and I am assuming that I just do exactly the same for my business page.
    Very impressed with your techy prowess.

  4. Thanks Suzanne,
    Not sure about business pages. I'll go and have a play!

  5. I did mine the other cday and now Im off to stalk your timeline as im bored of stalking your family on instgram!

  6. Yours looks great! I'm going to tweak mine - want to do something a bit more creative with the photo. I'm enjoying the new Timeline too. It's fine if you understand privacy settings, I think it will be a surprise to people who haven't put any controls on theirs.


  7. I've done mine, but it turns out the new profile will only display for other FB 'developers' i.e. not most people on FB. Is that true??

  8. MrsB - For this week yes, but you will be surprised how many people have turned 'Developer'! The update will roll out next weekend. Till then its like a secret club of geeks who can!

  9. Cool, mine's done and ready for the world :)

  10. Done! Thank you very much - good simple clear instructions for the terminally distracted (e.g. me!)

    I'm quite excited about being ahead of the game on this one, which is a bit sad I suppose! ;-)

  11. Helen,
    Not sad at all... Geek is the new chic!

  12. I've managed it for my personal profile but not my blog Facebook page. Won't let me do it on my page for some reason. But then again, I'm probably being deeply technophobic. Wouldn't be the first time...

  13. woo hoo! love it, thanks!

  14. Thanks for that! Although the timeline is pretty flamin scary quite frankly!


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