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A Few Things You Might Not Know About Timeline [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Angela Randall 20-11-2012

Facebook is becoming such a huge, complicated website that it’s really easy for knowledge about certain things you can do with the site to pass you by completely. Only recently, I realised that photos on your timeline can be repositioned. Until then, I’d thought you were just stuck with the automatic positioning. It seems that these tools can be sitting right under your nose and yet you won’t necessarily notice it until you stop thinking it’s impossible to change and start looking for a way to do it.


Another great tool Facebook has given all of us is life events, yet hardly anyone makes good use of them yet. It can be very interesting for friends and colleagues who are browsing your timeline to see when you were travelling, when you finished your studies, and when you did other random things like quitting smoking, submitted an important paper or did something else worthy of note. How well does your timeline tell your life story?

Exploring Facebook Life Events

Almost all Facebook users have seen the occasional life event, though most have never thought to try them out for themselves. They can be a bit of fun though, so it’s worth knowing what you can do with them.

A Few Things You Might Not Know About Timeline [Weekly Facebook Tips] Facebook Add Life Event

To add a life event, head to the status update box at the top of your own timeline. You’ll see that the last of the options alongside “Status”, “Photo” and “Place” is “Life Event”. Once clicked, you’ll be given a choice of five different types of life event:

  • Work & Education
  • Family & Relationships
  • Home & Living
  • Health & Wellness
  • Travel & Experiences

Each of these options have a number of different life events you can note, for instance starting a new eating habit, buying a house, expecting a baby, learning a new language or getting a new room-mate. Once you start exploring the options, you realise that by adding this information you’ll give your Facebook friends a much more rounded picture of your life so far. Anyone scrolling through your old timeline posts will easily be able to put events into perspective given the life events that meant the most to you at the time.


A Few Things You Might Not Know About Timeline [Weekly Facebook Tips] Facebook Life Event Category

Each type of life event warrants different sorts of information to be added, but most will ask you for a detailed time frame, a place location, to tag anyone else who shares this life event with you and to add photos to the event. Don’t forget to limit the life event post to just the people you trust with this information, as the default privacy for life events is public, despite your default settings.

A Few Things You Might Not Know About Timeline [Weekly Facebook Tips] Facebook Life Event More Detail

Repositioning Photos In Your Timeline

Most Facebook users know that when you upload or get tagged in photos you can remove the tag or take it off your timeline in order to obscure it a little. But when a picture you like shows up on your timeline so badly positioned that you are missing your head, few people realise that you can reposition the photo to make things right.


A Few Things You Might Not Know About Timeline [Weekly Facebook Tips] Timeline Reposition Photo

It’s actually incredibly simple to move the picture. Head to the pencil icon in the top right of the photo’s timeline entry and you should see the option to “Reposition Photo”. This will let you move the picture around until you’re happy with the part that shows on your timeline. You’re not actually cropping the picture or in any way editing it, so don’t worry about that. All it does is change what people see on your timeline.

More Reading

For more timeline tweaks, read these articles:

So, with these tips, your timeline is probably starting to look a lot more interesting. What’s your favourite life event to see on someone’s timeline?


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  1. Paul Girardin
    November 22, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Thanks for sharing

  2. khaki 211
    November 22, 2012 at 5:24 am

    how can i enable the timeline in my facebook account....?

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      It should be enabled for everyone worldwide now. Look at your profile and you'll see you have the ability to click on years and months on the right hand side. That's the timeline.

  3. Graham Richardson
    November 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Facebook really dont do a good job at explaining these features themselves. A good job MUO is around!

  4. Bernardo Delapasion
    November 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    uhhmmm i thought i was a facebook savvy then there was this .........

  5. Efi Dreyshner
    November 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks. learned a few thing!

  6. Austen Gause
    November 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    thats weird that i never noticed that

  7. Douglas Mutay
    November 21, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Good for you people. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Mac Witty
    November 21, 2012 at 7:28 am

    I do not think i will keep up with facebook - the change all the time :/

  9. kumar raja
    November 21, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Fantastic Tip................!

  10. Ron Lister
    November 21, 2012 at 3:27 am

    I didn't know you could do all that, now I have to share this article.

  11. Gustavo Costa
    November 20, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Awesome tip that I didn't know in Facebook. i'll do the events :-)