An Overview of the New Facebook Timeline Apps

Saikat Basu

Social networking has come to mean sharing interesting events around your life. Facebook has come to epitomize that like nothing else; and to be frank, ‘interesting’ has taken a backseat as we share the humdrum along with the eventful.

Facebook is building interactions, and to add more bricks to that they recently announced a slew of Timeline apps. ( you may want to check out our review of Facebook Timeline first )

Facebook Timeline apps are like third–party add-ons which integrate with your Facebook Timeline profile and add real-time interactivity between you and your friends. Any activity that you engage in on these services is shared across your social network.

The list of Facebook Timeline apps include ones from Foodspotting, Foodily, Ticketmaster, Pinterest, Rotten Tomatoes, Pose, Kobo, Gogobot, TripAdvisor, and others. There are nearly 80 apps to choose from with more expected to arrive soon. All are neatly categorized and you can choose the ones you want to enhance your Timeline with.

Let’s see how Facebook Timeline Apps increase our interaction and also those of the service they represent. I love music, so I am going to pick Saavn as my first Timeline app for my profile. Click on the apps link that takes you to the log-in with Facebook page. Some apps make the connection with Facebook quite explicit while for others it may be a bit obscure, but if you log-in with Facebook then your activity on the app gets reflected on your Timeline.

This is how your activity gets displayed on the Timeline:

Clicking on the Pencil icon also allows you to toggle the display of the app on your Timeline – just the thing to consider for a bit of privacy if you have a few apps installed on the Timeline. You can also remove the app from your Timeline if you so desire.

 

You can also go into your App Settings via Account Settings –> Apps to further fine-tune your privacy permissions.

The Utility of Timeline Apps

On the face of it, if you share a lot of content via Facebook, then Facebook apps are a real help. You don’t have to deliberately share content as your Timeline gets updated automatically with your activities. Your social circle does not have to check you out on different online spots as it’s all reflected on the apps. Thanks to Facebook’s Open Graph it further opens up the social network to developers and who want to push a brand or gather followers. Facebook Apps gives them another portal into our lives.

Like it or hate it? Tell us about your initial impression of Facebook Timeline Apps.

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