New Facebook profile got you salivating? Can't wait for the Timeline to release to the public in "a few weeks"? There are two ways to get the new profile early, but one of them might take a little white lying.
TechCrunch found a method for getting the new profile immediately. The new profile and apps were announced at the f8 Conference for Developers, which means those developers need to be able to access the new Facebook in order to design their apps. This means that, if you register with Facebook as an app developer, you get the new Facebook.
How do you do that? Pretty easy. Watch this video and follow the steps:
[The steps in the video are outlined below].
1. Get the Developer Facebook app. Type "Developer" into the Facebook search bar and click on the first result. Click "Allow." Now you're a developer.
2. In the top righthand corner of the Developer app, click on the "+ Create New App" button. Fill out the App display name and description. (Just make something up or type gibberish; this won't actually create an app that will be visible).
3. Agree to the Developer privacy agreement. TechCrunch says you need to have a "verified account" for this, which means that you'd need to have a credit card attached to your Facebook profile; I don't have a verified account, however, and I was able to get the new profile.
4. Find the "Open Graph" on the left sidebar and type in a test verb and noun for your new app. I started a "Bake a Cake" app, so my test verb will be "Bake" and my test noun will be "Cake":
5. Run through a few pages of new app information. No need to enter anything here, just keep on saving changes and continuing.
6. In five to ten minutes, you'll have an invitation at the top of your Facebook profile to try out the new profile. WARNING: It might be buggy.
[UPDATE: If you decide afterward that you don't want the new timeline for any reason, it's very easy to revert back. Go back into your "Developer" page and click "Edit App." This will bring up a sidebar on the left side of your page. Click "Delete App." After you do this, your profile should be reverted back to the original.]
This is option one and is obviously not for everyone. Option two is to sign up for beta notification right here. When Facebook is ready for users to test out the new profile, you will be emailed and get to try out before all of your friends.
And voila! Those are two ways that you can get the new Facebook profile immediately, if you're desperate for the change.
Check out some pictures of the new Facebook below before you make your decision (and read all about other huge changes to the 'Book here):
The revamped profile, called Timeline, will look completely different, with a new focus on photos and events. The user chooses what activities they'd like to share in their continuous stream, highlighting moments from his or her life--from present day, back to the first day he or she was on on Facebook and before.
Users can now interact in new ways with content posted on Facebook. In addition to "Liking" videos, articles and posts about what your friends enjoy, you can now take part in these activities with your friends in real-time. These changes are made possible through Facebook's major update to its Open Graph platform.
Facebook is partnering up with a whole bunch of websites and app-makers to bring content that can be shared and consumed on the Facebook platform. Notable app genres include music apps like Spotify and Rhapsody, streaming video apps for Netflix and Hulu and news apps for the New York Times and--you guessed it--The Huffington Post. Facebook's "new class of social apps" can post updates to your Timeline automatically. In addition Mashable reports Apps no longer have to ask for permission to post content to Facebook over and over again. Instead, a new Facebook permissions screen explains exactly what type of stories will be shared the first time you give an app permission to post to your Facebook. Once completed, it will no longer have to ask for permission (Pictured above, a user's timeline with updates from his apps on display.)
The new Open Graph brings deeper video integration to the Facebook platform. For example, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings explained at f8 (and in a subsequent blog post) that users will be able to watch movies together--right from Facebook--with the Netflix movie streaming in a separate window. Though Hastings noted that this concurrent watching isn't allowed in the United States, he said that a bill is currently in Congress to legalize it. Other streaming sites like Hulu, YouTube, Daily Motion, VEVO and more will all allow for concurrent watching with Facebook friends. (Pictured above: Watching "Glee" on Hulu via Facebook.)
Facebook's new revamp aims to help users discover new music. "As part of its larger entertainment initiative, Facebook will launch a music dashboard, which will display music-specific notifications and updates, and also show which songs are currently popular within one's network of friends," according to Read Write Web. For example, a partnership with Spotify will let you see what music your friends are listening to in real-time. When a friend starts listening to a new song, an update will appear in your Facebook Ticker. Clicking on that update will let you stream the song in a music player. Other music partners include Rhapsody, turntable, Songza, mixcloud, Slacker Radio, Rdio, Deezer, Mog, tunein, iHeartRadio, earbits and Soundcloud.
Now, when a friend posts a news article or story they've enjoyed, you can read it within Facebook. A few of the participating publications include Digg, Fipboard, Gawker, The Washington Post, USA Today and others. According to TechCrunch, Yahoo will play an integral part in curating the stories that your friends are reading and sharing. "Yahoo has formed integrations with the social network in the past with its products, but we're told this is one of the most in-depth implementations to date," writes TechCrunch. (Pictured above, a screenshot of what it looks like to read a newspaper article in Facebook via The Washington Post.)
Many apps will be available starting today, though the new Timeline profile will not come out for "a few weeks," according to an official Facebook blog post.