What Is a Timeline on Facebook? [All You Need to Know]

Deyan Georgiev
Deyan Georgiev

Updated · Jan 27, 2023


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Okay, we’ve all been using social media platforms for a while now.

So, you’re probably familiar with Facebook’s timeline and what it can offer. Or so you think.

What if I tell you there’s more than meets the eye?

Take a look:

What Is a Timeline on Facebook?

Your posts, mentions, tags, and experiences are all put together in chronological order. This is the visual representation known as the FB timeline. Whatever you do and share on the platform goes on there.

In the past, this was referred to as the “wall”. Now your profile and your activity are combined, making the platform easier to navigate. 

Your FB page can be visually divided into three main parts – profile and cover photos, About, and timeline.

First thing visitors see is your profile and cover photos. Below, on the left, they can see your About info - where you live, where you work, what you’ve studied, etc. On the right, you can see your activity - life events, photos, tags, etc.

FB homepage

How to Use it? 

Do you know how to see your timeline on Facebook?

First, go to your profile by clicking on your picture in the left upper corner of Facebook.

Facebook profile selection

Once you are there you can start setting up your profile and posting on your timeline. Your first post will be the beginning of your timeline on FB. You will find the “Update status” section right above it.

You can, however, create a post from your dashboard, too. Use the What’s on your mind field at the top of your page.

creating a post from dashboard

As exciting as it is to share your fun photos and experiences, keep in mind that other people can see what you post on your timeline. You can control who sees your information from the settings. You can access them by clicking on the three dots above the status update section and going to Profile and tagging settings.

profile and tagging settings

From there you can decide how to share your posts and who will be able to see them. This is essential for the use of the Facebook timeline feature. Often people do not realize that their posts are public or shared with the wrong visitors. 

For example, a lot of companies these days will go through the social media profiles of potential job candidates. You don’t want some random party picture getting in the way of your career. 

Then, you want to choose who else can post on your FB timeline. It can either be only you or you can allow your friends to post as well.

selecting an audience

If you chose the latter, make sure to trust the friends you add. However, the best decision would be to enable the reviewing options at the end of the section. This gives you full control over which posts are shared on your profile.

reviewing options

Did you also know you can select the audience for every post as you create it? Here’s how:

  1.   Click on What’s on your mind at the top of your Newsfeed or Timeline. From here you can create your post.
  2.   Right under your name is the selected audience (e.g. Friends). Click on it to choose from the other options.

selecting an audience

You can also change the audience for an old post on the Facebook history timeline by clicking on the little icon next to the post date and time.

If you don’t know what is public on your timeline there is a simple way to find out. Go down to the bottom of the Profile and tagging settings and click View as. This allows you to see which of your posts are public. In addition, you’ll be able to see how your profile looks to strangers.

previewing a post

If you see something you don’t like you can change the audience or hide it from your timeline. Have in mind that the original poster is the one defining the audience. Even if you hide things from your timeline they might still appear on Facebook.

How to See Your Timeline on Facebook

There is an easy way to see your entire history and search your timeline

  1.   Go to your page by clicking on your picture in the upper left corner of Facebook
  2.   Click on the three dots on the right side under your cover photo.
  3.   Choose Activity log from the drop-down menu
  4.   Explore your Facebook history.

In the activity log, you can check your every Facebook activity. You can search by time and date and get your timeline in order.

Wrap Up

Your timeline is your journal. It is your digital face to the world. Therefore it’s important to have control over it. 

The good news is that you now know everything there is about your timeline.

So, what do you want to share with the world?


What does Timeline on Facebook mean?

It’s the page that displays your posts and activity. It’s visible both to you and those visiting your profile.

How do I get to my Timeline on Facebook?

Click on your picture in the top left corner to go to your page. You’ll see the timeline section right under your profile and cover photos. Click the three dots above it and choose Activity log for access to the full history of your timeline. 

What does it mean when someone posts on your Timeline?

If a friend of yours posts something - a photo, a song, etc. - it will be visible to everyone you’ve connected with. While you can choose to hide it from your page, you can delete it from Facebook itself - only the original poster can do that

Who can see what's on my Timeline?

First things first - what is a Timeline on Facebook? It’s your personal page, where all your posts and activity are stored.

By default, all of your Facebook friends can see your timeline. If you have public posts then everybody on Facebook can see them. You can go to the Profile and tagging settings menu and choose who can see your timeline. You can also choose an audience for each post individually.


Deyan Georgiev

Deyan Georgiev

Deyan has been fascinated by technology his whole life. From the first Tetris game all the way to Falcon Heavy. Working for TechJury is like a dream come true, combining both his passions – writing and technology. In his free time (which is pretty scarce, thanks to his three kids), Deyan enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Always with a few chargers and a couple of gadgets in the backpack. He makes mean dizzying Island Paradise cocktails too.

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