If you have a Facebook business page, you can preview your new Timeline page from now until March 30, 2012. The preview is private, only you will be able to see it. We don’t recommend publically switching over just yet as there might be more changes!
Facebook will automatically update your page on March 30th. So here are some Timeline Facebook Page changes you might want to know about before the 30th.
The Timeline is Your Default Page
If you have a welcome page or other landing page, you can not set it as the default page. Now the Timeline is the default.
You can add a Timeline Cover Image now. The size is 851×315 pixels. You can edit this photo at anytime, so start designing it now.
Custom Apps Will Still Work
You can customize the images for your apps, but only able to highlight a few. So choose wisely.
So far as we can tell, one randomly selected photo will be highlighted. Make sure you have only your best images in your albums. Hopefully you can choose just one album to be highlighted. We’ll know more when we try it out.
You can control what posts are seen first by anchoring one to the top of your page. The anchored post will stay at the top of your page for up to 7 days.
The anchor icon looks like a small yellow bookmark. Curious that Facebook would call their bookmarked posts “pins”, with the popularity of Pinterest and all. Hmmmm?
Customers and fans will now have the option to message you directly.
This could be a good or bad thing. We’re not sure? If you have a very large audience like us, that means a lot more time will be spent on Facebook or hiring someone to help go through the messages. You do have the option to turn off direct messaging if you’d like to keep email through your website.
One new Timeline feature we do really like is that you can can easily comment on posts by others.
So if you write about I Heart Faces on your wall and tag us, anyone can comment from either page. Before you could comment from our page, but you had to click “view post”. Now there is more sharing and communication going on that is much easier. We like that!
Find out more about the new Timeline for Facebook Pages with Facebook’s new video.
What do you think about the new Facebook Page Timeline changes?