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Facebook floods market with 60 new Timeline apps

What are Timeline apps?

Last fall, Facebook rolled out their new Timeline feature complete with a newly remodeled profile page and functionality, allowing users to add milestones from their past, completing their life’s timeline rather than beginning with status updates from the day a user joined the network.

Today, Facebook will announce the release of over 60 apps for the Facebook Timeline that instantly adds user information to their timeline, be it their input on what they are cooking, listening to, how far they ran today, what news they are reading, and more. The company says this is an effort to better tell their story.

It appears to be more of an app library to us, based on existing Facebook apps like Nike and Spotify and packaged differently, but they are asserting the collection is a new feature.

Critics are frustrated at the large collection of data being collected, saying users are more vulnerable the more information they share, but supporters see the dramatic amount of information as a treasure trove of buyer behavior stats that are extremely valuable for marketers. Either way, Facebook is clearly aiming to be the go-to location for all digital behavior, encouraging users to use apps directly through Facebook.

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Getting set up

Below is a list of questions and answers from Facebook.com to get you started and answer your questions about the new apps.

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Lori Luza

    January 19, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Save for my business pages and groups, I "quit" facebook several months ago…and I've never looked back. The whole system makes me feel like an outcast and the site was (in hind sight) a big ol' time suck for me. This just solidifies my decision. 😉

    We'll see if G+ can play nice. In the mean time, I'm still loving Twitter, maybe more than ever!

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