Facebook Enables Apps To Post Historical Actions To Users’ Timelines

    February 6, 2012
    Chris Crum

Facebook announced that Open Graph apps can now enable the posting of historical actions to users’ timelines.

In Facebook’s latest Operation Developer Love post on the company’s developer blog, Justin Moore writes, “Apps can post historical actions to help people fill out their timelines and/or queue up activity from an offline state. For example, a photo app can let people add photos from their past vacations to their timeline.”

“Any past activity that is posted will not appear in News Feed or ticker,” Moore points out. “Past activity will have the same privacy that the user chose for the app, and users can control and delete the activity from their Activity Log or directly from timeline.”

Developers must prompt users before publishing historical activity and providing explicit controls, Moore warns. That should make users happy.

“For example, Goodreads, a book recommendations website, created a settings page to let people select which activities to include on their timeline,” he says.

That looks like this:

GoodReads settings

Facebook recently started approving actions that apps can implement within the Open Graph.


Chris Crum
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