Timeline Redesign Provides Opportunities For Developers To Showcase Their Apps

The redesigned Timeline Facebook introduced Wednesday gives content from applications prominent placement, and the social network is taking steps to ensure that developers can benefit.

In a post on its developer blog, Facebook advised developers on how to optimize their collections sections, encouraging users to add their apps, and improved documentation.

Highlights of the developer blog post follow:

As part of this update, we’re giving people more control over which apps they want to show on their Timelines. To add your app as a section, people will need to install your app and click the “add to profile” button on their app section pages. You should encourage your users to add your app by linking to it on Web or invoking it on mobile.

To help you set up app sections, we’ve added a new “collections” tab. After you create collections, you will need to submit them for review so we can ensure that they meet our quality guidelines.

We are making it simpler to get started with open graph by removing the need to configure common actions. They now automatically appear in the “review status” section after you publish an action. For developers that can’t use the common actions, we’ve created a more intuitive flow for creating custom actions and previewing how stories will look in news feed.

We’ve also made a variety of improvements to our open graph documentation. We’ve revised the content, added more sample code, and now automatically generate the reference docs from source code.

We are beginning to gradually roll out these new features to users and developers Wednesday. As apps become an increasingly important part of people’s identities, we’re excited to create a more organized and consistent way for apps to live on Timeline.

Developers: Are you excited about the opportunity for content generated by your apps to secure prominent real estate on users’ Timelines?

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