20 Apps to Enhance your Facebook Timeline

I love Facebook’s timeline. It brings together my entire life in front of me on my screen, rather neatly. How would you like to relive the awesome parties you had at Joe’s, 5 years back? With Facebook’s unique timeline, it’s just a click away.

No: I’m not here to give you my usual, stereotypical lecture on why timeline is a good thing. I’m merely going to introduce you to a bunch of incredible apps, that makes our lives, er, Facebook Timelines, more interesting.

Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes

We all love watching movies, and perhaps love talking about them even more. Rotten Tomatoes is the most popular service on the web to share our movie interests, talk about the films we loved, complain about the ones we hated, and even find movies that are likely to suit us.

With a Timeline app, your Movie experience can only get better. You can keep track of all the movies you’ve watched, and even see the ones that are in your watch list.

Fandango

Fandango

Fandango is your ultimate source for Movie tickets, trailers and showtime information. You can discover more information about new/ upcoming movies, explore theatre listing, and find other interesting information.

Their timeline app lets you discover what your friends are watching/following with Fandango. All the articles you read, movie tickets you book, and movies you like are added to your timeline and shared with your friends.

Dailymotion

Dailymotion

Dailymotion is perhaps the second most popular video sharing website, only next to YouTube, where users can upload and share their videos with the world. It houses more than a million videos and gets around 100 million visits a month.

With a tighter Facebook integration, now all the videos you watch are available in the FB timeline. One word of caution though: make sure you let in only the ones you want to share with your friends to the Timeline, as you don’t want to look like a fool among your mates.

Viddy

Viddy- Story of my life

Viddy is one of the most interesting apps I’ve seen in a while. It lets you capture the incredible moments in your life and share them with your friends. Some people call it the “Instagram of Video”, and rightly so. From its humble beginning a year back, it has grown into the most popular app in the Apple ecosystem.

Viddy timeline app has taken Facebook timeline to the next level. Instead of posting status messages to your timeline, you can post short-videos. After all, if a picture’s worth a thousand words, then surely a video’s worth several thousand!

Soundcloud

Soundcloud is one of the earliest audio publishing platforms online. What started as a collaborative environment for musicians to share their recordings later evolved into a publishing tool to distribute music.

Soundcloud can be used as a promotional tool for musicians. With a sound integration with Facebook and Twitter, musicians can reach a wide audience. Their timeline app helps listeners and musicians alike share the music they love on their timeline.

Spotify

Spotify

Spotify is perhaps the most popular music streaming service today. It is available across all major platform and as a signing up bonus you get a free 6-months free unlimited trial. It allows you to listen to songs from select record labels and share it with your friends.

With the timeline app, you can keep a track on what your friends are currently listening to. And with Spotify working in the US and Europe, it’s a safe bet that a majority of your friends will be able to listen to the tracks.

Rhapsody

Rhapsody

Rhapsody is another digital music jukebox app. It’s quite similar to Spotify and can be accessed from any device, anywhere, for a monthly subscription of $10. The timeline is quite similar to the other services, and you can share your music history across your Facebook Timeline.

Yelp

Yelp

Yelp is a Social network for local listings. You can basically find anything in the neighborhood with Yelp and see your friends recommendations. You can even post your recommendations to your timeline and check-in whenever you visit the place.

Yelp’s timeline app can be used as a medium to promote small businesses. When you share your favorite restaurant to your timeline, your friends are likely to check it out and chances are that they’ll share it again. The hope is that your customers will love your business and promote it, but you could end up getting negative reviews that hurt your business, so tread carefully.

Food Spotting

The Foodie

This one is for ‘The Foodies’- people who go all across the city, just to have their favorite dish from that particular restaurant. At a time when there were lots of apps were rating restaurants, Food Spotting took a different turn and started focussing on dishes, so you can explore what to eat rather than where to eat. You can recommend the dishes you like and even look at the recommendations given by others.

All the mouth watering dishes that you’ve ever haad in you life is neatly stacked up in your timeline.  This is a must have app for everyone who enjoys feasting outside. After all, eating is an art.

Foursquare

Foursquare

Foursquare is a location based Social network that has been doing the rounds for a while now. It is one of the pioneers of the check-in concept and took it to the next level. Basically, you can follow your friends, virtually of course,  and have a random meet-up if someone pops up in your neighborhood.

Timeline app is a nice touch and a quick way to organise your favorite places. You can claim bragging rights for the places you’ve checked in the most, and show off all the badges you’ve racked up.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

In this fast-paced world, we’d all go mad if we don’t get some time to unwind ourselves. But our busy schedules keep us from planning the perfect trip of our lifetime. With TripAdvisor, you can easily research about your probable holiday destinations and even book your hotels. I particularly love their city guide.

Vacations are the only time when we get to spend time with your loved ones, and are really special. Don’t let those cherished memories fade away. With their timeline app all your holidays are recorded in your timeline and are available at anytime.

airbnb

airbnb

I hate staying at Hotels. They’re unhygienic, too crowded, and too expensive. When I heard about airbnb, I was rather sceptical about it, but now I’m in love with their service. Airbnb brings a twist to the travel tale, with their private house listings rather than professional hoteliers. Nothing beats a cosy, little, homey feeling, especially during a boring business meet-up.

It’d be difficult to keep track of the places you’ve stayed and the ones you actually liked. But with airbnb’s timeline app, it’s a breeze. All your favorite places are recorded in your timeline and shared with your friends. Perhaps it’d be your turn to suggest a better place to your friend, the next time he is going out of town.

Where I’ve been

Where I've been

If you’re quite a traveller and visited a handful of places in your life, without using apps like TripAdvisor and Airbnb, this one is for you. You can add the list off Cities you’ve been or wish to visit. All these places are neatly pinned in the world map for you and your friends to comment on. Frankly I can’t think of a better way to show-off.

GoodReads

GoodReads

GoodReads is a thriving web-based Social network for books. It uses an engine that analyzes you and your friends’ reading patterns to recommend books that you are most likely to enjoy. It is the 10th largest Social network today with 7.7 million users. Simply put, what Netflix does for movies, GoodReads does for books, without actually letting you read all of the books they recommend. With their recently acquired book recommendation engine, GoodReads helps you to discover your next book.

GoodReads has the prettiest timeline app that I’ve seen. It neatly updates the book that you’ve read and rated in your activity feed, and even keeps track of your current reading list.

Causes

Causes

I’ve never believed that Social media can have any impact on real world until I learnt about Causes. Causes is an online fund-raising campaigning platform for social causes. With about 170 million users, causes have managed to raise over $40 million for social causes in the short time they’ve been around.

All the good deads that you’ve done in your life, at least the ones you’ve advocated for in causes, are neatly stacked up in your timeline. This might serve as an inspiration to your friends and perhaps encourage them to participate in some social cause.

Quora

Quora

Quora is an incredibly popular question-and-answer website, a service very similar to Yahoo Answers. Founded by a couple of ex-Facebook alumns in 2009, Quora is now valued a little more than a billion dollars, making it obvious that its founders have major ambitions for the site and expect it to be the next major social network for answers.

The website is quire informative and you can find answer to anything, figuratively. Their timeline integration is pretty and you can keep a tab on what you and your friends are asking.

BranchOut

BranchOut

We develop several skills, overtime, for both our personal and work needs. But sometimes we tend to lose track of these hard earned skills. If there was only a better way to keep track. That’s exactly what BranchOut sets out to do.

All your hard obtained skills are recorded to your timeline and can be a powerful tool in telling your professional stories. It’s even more useful for businesses, as you can easily find a person with a skill matching your requirements. Perhaps, in the future, companies will insist on peeping at your timeline, rendering resumes obsolete. At least with BranchOut, you’ll have more to show off than college party pictures.

Pinterest

Pinterest

You’ve surely heard your friends talking excitedly about Pinterest by now. It’s the latest sensation on Internet and has been in open beta now for a while. It’s basically a pinboard where you can share your interests online, visually. You can browse through various pinboards based on your interests.

Pinterest is also one of the fastest growing Facebook apps today and has seen a 60% increase in its userbase since the inception of their timeline app. It makes it easy to follow your interests and share them with your friends.

MapMyRun

MapMyRun

MapMyRun helps you in keeping a tab on your exercise routine. It tracks your running routes and calculates the total distance you’ve covered. It even has a guide for a better diet and helps you explore new routines. I recently started using this as a way to show off my prowess to my girlfriends, and trust me, it has worked in-spades.

Pose

This one is for the fashion-junkies, especially girls. With this app, you can post your daily outfits online, and make your fashion statement on the web. You can share your outfits with your friends and get their opinions. Mashable predicted, the app is likely to become “a force of habit for some users as they seek out and/or share style inspiration while getting ready in the morning — all of which is likely to increase Pose’s daily usage, engagement and user-retention rates”

Timeline helps you create your own personalized fashion journal, right inside Facebook, giving full-time fashion bloggers a run for their money.

Conclusion

If your Facebook Timeline hasn’t seemed full enough lately, this set of Facebook apps should help you get more of the things you’re interested in and doing online shared with your friends. While it may sound silly, Facebook Timeline apps can actually be a nice way to share what you’re doing without having to manually update your status. You’re busy enough, so don’t share the songs you’re listening to and trips you’re taking. Instead, just let your apps automatically tell the world!


  • http://anthonydecena.com Anthony Decena

    Good list, though I’d have to vote for the removal of BranchOut. BranchOut is the epitome of uselessness in a facebook app. It offer 10 tons of spam and absolutely no value what-so ever. I’d go so far as to say that the professionals that I interact with on FB will think less of you for actually using BranchOut and requests sent via BranchOut will definitely be ignored. Ha, other than that, great list.

  • http://greenbuildingcanada.ca Kiva

    Some useful apps there. Food Spotting looks really helpful. After all, I find that pretty much every restaurant can do at least one thing right… their signature dish. But without hearing from others how would we know what that one dish is?

  • Auto Collector

    FB Games Helper app http://apps.facebook.com/autocollector/

    With app actions, such as the ones from apps described in your article ( note that it was possible with the previous timeline format too

    • Guest

      With app actions, such as the ones from apps described in your article ( note that it was possible with the previous timeline format too

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