Fill out your Facebook Timeline with photos from ShoeBox app

Jan 27, 2012
Tech

It’s only a matter of time until all users are stuck using Facebook’s new Timeline feature, whether they want to or not. But even if you’re not sold on the new look for your profile, there are some upsides, like filling in photos from your past to really show your life throughout your Timeline. You […]

It’s only a matter of time until all users are stuck using Facebook’s new Timeline feature, whether they want to or not. But even if you’re not sold on the new look for your profile, there are some upsides, like filling in photos from your past to really show your life throughout your Timeline.

You can get all those photos onto your Facebook profile and your Timeline with the help of ShoeBox by 1000memories, an app designed to let you scan old photos and save them as digital copies. As TechCrunch reports, ShoeBox developer 1000memories announced this week that the app will support Facebook’s new Timeline feature going forward, which will allow users to tag the shots they scan with the app with the names of people featured in the photos and the year they were taken. The app does the heavy lifting, inserting your shot into the proper place on your Timeline when you upload it to Facebook from inside ShoeBox.

If you’re unfamiliar, Timeline is the new way Facebook is reworking users’ profile pages on the super-popular social network. It allows for larger, more involved photos on the page, and maintains older posts on the social network that normally would have disappeared after a certain length of time or once a certain number of posts appeared above it.

Timeline is being rolled out in force in the next few weeks, and users will have seven days to preview the new setup once they switch over. During the preview, you can adjust how your Timeline will look and remove or add posts to it to adjust it to your preferred level of privacy. This week, we ran down how Timeline will affect your mobile Facebook experience and how you can use it with your iOS apps.

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ShoeBox is able to post to the proper spot in your Timeline, but it’s also petitioning Facebook to support EXIF file types for images. This would allow ShoeBox to quickly and easily include all of a photo’s metadata, like when it was shot and where, in the digital code for that image. That way, when photos are scanned by the app, all that information would be ready to go when the photos were added to Facebook.

Either way, expect a whole lot more apps to support Timeline, now that Facebook has made it mandatory. There are already thousands of apps that interact with Facebook in various ways, and with a big change in how users interact with the social network, lots of developers will likely see new opportunities to make quality apps.

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