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Facebook launches new apps for Timeline feature

20 January 2012

Facebook has launched 60 apps for Timeline, its new profile feature, which allows people to listen to music, watch movies and buy cars all within the site with more to follow.

The new set of apps to boost the appeal of Facebook’s new profile with allows users to share their life story in a single page and carry out variety of activities, such as sharing music, without leaving the social network website.

UK apps which were announced at the Facebook press event yesterday in San Francisco include:

  • Autotrader – which allows people to talk about their desired car choice and then purchase it after getting feedback from friends.
  • Artfinder, which allow people to add their favourite artworks to their Timeline and share snaps from galleries.
  • Soundcloud – which lets people share and upload any favourite sounds.

Once users have added an app, they can begin updating their timeline with their activities as they happen and share activities with their chosen friends.

Announced by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and chief executive at f8, company’s annual developers’ conference in San Francisco last September, Timeline allows users a much more visually profile and the ability to share the story of their whole lives with others.

Zuckerberg explained the thinking behind Timeline at the conference, saying: "Millions of people curate stories of their lives on Facebook every day and have no way to share them once they fall off your profile page...we have been working on timeline all year…it’s the story of your life and completely new way to express yourself.

"It has three pieces: all your stories, your apps and a new way to express who you are."

He said that wanted people to be able to share "their entire lives" on Facebook and have "total control" over how their content appeared online.

Using his own profile to demonstrate the new timeline, Zuckerberg showed photos of himself as a baby which he has inserted into the new profile page which is organized by years.

Members of Facebook need to download Timeline feature in order to update their profile.

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