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February 29, 2012

Timeline on Fan Pages: 6 Things you Need to Know

February 29, 2012 | By | 209 Comments">209 Comments

Those of you who slept in missed it!

Facebook released Timeline for Fan Pages late in the night.

Major changes include no default landing tabs, wider 810px custom tabs, fan page messaging and admin panel! Yes, they are stunning.

Click to continue to get everything you need to know in under 30 seconds…

For the person who has an 8am meeting, still has to get their Starbucks coffee, and just wants the quick facts:

1. Default landing tabs are gone

2. Tabs are still here but are wider now- 810px

3. You can now message fan pages

4. Timeline will automatically come to pages on March 30th.

1. Default Landing Tabs are Gone, Tabs now 810px Wide:

Facebook has removed the ability to create a default landing tab. However, you can still create fan gates. The size of the new tabs is 810px. If you are designing new tabs, be sure to design to this width.

2. Photos, Likes, and Apps at Top of Page:

Photos, likes and apps are now at the top of your Page. Photos show in the first spot, but you can change the order of everything else so people see what matters most. You can show a maximum number of 12 apps, so make sure to put your most important ones first.

3.  Pin your favorite post to the top

Hover over a story and click on the star ( star icon ) to make it wider, or on the pencil ( pencil icon ) to pin it to the top of your Page, hide or delete it entirely.

4. New Administrator Panel

Keep track of your activity on your Page from the admin panel. Respond when people write on your Page timeline, and view your latest insights.
Visit your activity log to review all your posts and activity.

Additionally, in March, new admin controls will be released. This will let you set different permissions for each page admin.

timeline on fan page


5.  Fan Page Messages:

Now people can contact you privately using messages. Notifications about new messages will appear right in your admin panel.

6. Cover Photo

The cover photo can be up to 850px by 315px but may NOT contain the following:

Price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “Download it at our website”.

Contact information, such as web address, email, mailing address or other information intended for your Page’s About section.

References to user interface elements, such as Like or Share, or any other Facebook site features.

Calls to action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends”.

Additional Resources:

Everything you need to know about Timeline for Pages – The HyperArts Timeline FAQ

Click here to add timeline to your fan page.

Your Turn:

Yes or no, do you like the changes? Tell me in the comments below!



Nathan Latka has supported the growth of over 100,000 small businesses using social media and data driven campaigns — all without a college degree.