Facebook is always right on time! On March 1 we all had a question that whether timeline for all pages will be ready. And on March 31 Facebook officially announces Timeline for all pages. You better be ready!
Facebook announced Timeline for Pages in late February. However, it wasn’t mandatory until now. So whether you like it or not your brand pages too will switch over to the new design (you can’t blame FB for this, you have got four weeks to curate your pages). In fact, the process has already begun. When the process will end, is however, still unknown (of course there will be millions of pages that are yet to switch over).
Like it or lose it, Timeline is a truth for Facebook pages today! Now let us take a quick look at the features Facebook wants to highlight in Timeline for Pages:
- Cover Photo : Businesses and organizations can now add a cover photo (851 x 315 p) to the top of their Page. (Don’t worry! You will get your share of restrictions as well!)
- Friend Activity : When someone visits a Page, they can see friends’ recent posts highlighted as friend activity. People will also get to see how many of their friends are connected to a particular Page.
- Larger Stories, Milestones, and Page Timeline: Page owners will get to tell stories using bigger photos and milestones including a date and other content.
- Pinned Posts : Organizations can pin a post and thus keep a story on the top of a Page for up to one week (cool huh?).
- Admin Panel : this feature will allow Page administrators to track their performance as well as to respond to private messages from people.
- Activity Log : Page administrators will get access to a log of their Page activity. This feature will give them tools to highlight, hide or delete posts and even to change the date of a post easily.
On December 16, 2011, Timeline for all Facebook users went Live worldwide, but it still is not mandatory for Facebook profiles. After all there are more profiles than pages and individuals have reacted fiercely against Timeline (84% of respondents hope that Facebook “loses” the new facelift). This is the reason; Facebook has chosen to go slow on Timeline for Profiles.
Do you think making Timeline mandatory for pages is the right move for FB? Do you think Facebook should thrust Timeline on users as well? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below. And if you really find this write up engaging, will you care to share it on your Timeline? Thanks in advance.