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Facebook Timelines for Pages was launched today…
Page Admins can preview and activate their Pages’ Timeline from today. Admins have a few weeks in which to do this before Facebook migrated all Pages over to the new Timeline format on 30th March 2012.
As of now you can login to your Facebook Pages and take a tour of the new Timeline for Pages before you make it live…
After much chatter in Social spaces for the past couple of weeks Facebook have launched their new Timeline for Pages. The change which is causing the most negative chatter at this moment is the fact that the landing tab can no longer be a tab you have customized. Previously you were able to select which tab your visitors landed on within your Facebook Page and this is no longer the case. This will call for more creativity to incise visitors to customized tabs but Facebook has provided new tools to do this! For me a HUGE positive is the facility to now request a change of Page name. This can be done for example if your business name has changed, or you Page name is misspelled and there is a further choice other! This fantastic addition seems to have been overlooked by many!
Rather than me giving you a blow by blow account I’ve added links where you can learn all about about the new functionality in this video The changes to Facebook Pages and in this 8 page printable How to Guide for Timeline for Business Pages [wpstealth-downloader id=1343754130 file=https://ilocalsearch.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Facebook-Timeline-for-Pages-Guide-to.pdf buttonname=’Facebook Business Page Timelines’ color=green]
There is already some conflicting information coming from Facebook themselves as can be seen here. In the screen shot below you will see that it is stated the Cover Photos must be 399 pixels wide. This conflicts with the Guide they have provided which states Cover Photos should be 851 x 350 pixels! I think the 399 pixels will turn out to be an error. Time to test I think, time will tell.
Beware of the restrictions Facebook has imposed on Cover Images mentioned in the screen shot above taken from Facebook’s Help
- Calls to action are out
- Mentioning price or products is also a no no
- Contact info is not permitted either
- Instruction visitors to LIKE or SUBSCRIBE are also against Facebook’s terms and conditions.
More chatter later, I hope this helps for now, feel free to post questions in the comments below.
Added 1st March Hubspot Guide to Pages
Added 4th March with thanks to Neil Farley from The Social Networking Academy
Added 5th March … The image of 399 pixels mentioned above, which was the source of some early confusion when there was less clarity generally, is the minimum size required for a larger featured to appear on your Timeline these are being referred to as Showcase images, you can have just one of them. Thanks to Andrea Vahl’s post for the Social Media Examiner for that 399 pixel clarity! 🙂
Added June 15th 2012
This super Facebook Pages Infographic gives at a glance clarity too. [wpstealth-downloader id=1344684410 file=https://ilocalsearch.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Facebook-Page-Infographic.pdf buttonname=’Facebook Page Infographic’ color=yellow]