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Introducing Goodreads for Facebook Timeline

Posted by Otis on January 18, 2012 1



British playwright Alan Bennett once said, "A bookshelf is as particular to its owner as are his or her clothes; a personality is stamped on a library just as a shoe is shaped by the foot." At Goodreads, we completely agree. That's why we're excited to announce a new Goodreads app for Facebook Timeline.

Timeline—Facebook's redesigned profile—lets you easily track all of the things that are important to you across time. Goodreads members already share more than 12 million books a month with each other, and now with the Goodreads app for Timeline it's easy to share your books with all your Facebook friends, some of whom may not be Goodreads members—yet!

For book lovers, your Facebook Timeline is incomplete without sharing what you're reading. If you connect your Facebook account to Goodreads, you can share the books you're currently reading, as well as your new reviews, progress updates, and quotes, on your Timeline. It's a great way to share the books you love with everyone—regardless of whether you got the book from your library or you read it on your ereader.


Goodreads for Facebook Timeline displays your progress through the books you read.

The Facebook News Feed and Ticker create serendipity—such as showing you when two of your friends were reading the same article or listening to the same band. Now, with Goodreads for Timeline, you'll learn when two friends are reading the same book at the same time. Who knows, maybe you'll end up starting a new book club.

We also know how important it is to keep track of your reading. Facebook Timeline will help with this by creating interesting statistics on what you've read. The Goodreads summary will show which authors you've read the most each month and year, and also give you a roundup of your monthly books and pages read!


Timeline provides a summary of your monthly reading activity.

Starting today, you can add the books you're reading to your Timeline. In the future, you may be able to go back in time to add all the books from your Goodreads shelves that you've already read, so you can display your favorite books from all the important moments in your life. That would have made Louis L'Amour very happy: "Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you."


Adding Goodreads to your Timeline will give you a yearly report on the books and authors you love.

To add Goodreads to your Timeline click on this button:




You can also add Timeline from the apps tab in the "my account" section.

Here at Goodreads, we want to help people read more and discover great books, and we're happy to offer yet another way to do this with Goodreads for Facebook Timeline. As Chad Harbach wrote in his recent bestseller The Art of Fielding, "So much of one's life was spent reading; it made sense not to do it alone."

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message 1: by Perelandra (new)

Perelandra Evidently I have done everything right, but I have no graphic like the above on my timeline.


message 2: by Otis (new)

Otis Chandler To be clear, only books you add after you've added Timeline will appear on Timeline. Facebook hopes to launch the ability for us to add your reading history soon.


message 3: by Perelandra (new)

Perelandra Yes, I tried adding a new book to see if it would show up but nothing did. I do have it set to publish to facebook.


message 4: by Sandi (new)

Sandi Me too, nothing showing up on my timeline, perhaps server overload??


message 5: by Kara (new)

Kara Tre, Sandi: Facebook is still rolling out the changes, so you might want to check back later.


message 6: by Sandi (new)

Sandi Thanks I'll check back!


message 7: by Ibtehal (new)

Ibtehal Noorwali Tre wrote: "Evidently I have done everything right, but I have no graphic like the above on my timeline."
Yeah me too!


message 8: by Kate (new)

Kate  Maxwell Would love to see GoodReads bring BACK BookSwap!


message 9: by Sara (new)

Sara Sandi wrote: "Me too, nothing showing up on my timeline, perhaps server overload??"

I just added a book and it showed up on my "recent activity" section.


message 10: by Jeannette (new)

Jeannette I don't want to interface with my Facebook account. This will remain optional, won't it? *please*


message 11: by Otis (new)

Otis Chandler Jeannette wrote: "I don't want to interface with my Facebook account. This will remain optional, won't it? *please*"

Of course! As always, everything is configurable in your my account area.


message 12: by Jacob (new)

Jacob Proffitt Adding new functionality is one thing, but now I seem to be missing the option to push a specific review to Facebook. I don't want to spam everything I do to FB. I just want to post certain reviews on a case by case basis. That used to be a simple option on the review edit screen, but that appears to have gone away. This is not an improvement for me.


message 13: by CGregory (new)

CGregory Why can't I continue doing it the way I've been doing it? I don't have Facebook Timeline. I don't want Facebook Timeline. Now, I have to manually add my feeds to my facebook account. When before there was an option to select it right in the book review window. Ugh, honestly? I never liked unnecessary change.


message 14: by CGregory (new)

CGregory Jacob wrote: "Adding new functionality is one thing, but now I seem to be missing the option to push a specific review to Facebook. I don't want to spam everything I do to FB. I just want to post certain reviews..."

I agree Jacob.


message 15: by Ellen (new)

Ellen I would also appreciate being able to just add reviews as I used to. I'm not using Timeline yet and don't know if I will.


message 16: by Yves (new)

Yves Tre wrote: "Yes, I tried adding a new book to see if it would show up but nothing did. I do have it set to publish to facebook."

I had to "feature" it on my timeline for it to show up, otherwise it will only show in the news feed.


message 17: by Darryl (new)

Darryl Doesn't work for me either. Hopefully they fix it soon!


message 18: by Fiona (new)

Fiona From the info I've read, Timeline will soon be rolled out for everyone's FB profile, it won't be a choice.


message 19: by Abby (new)

Abby What happened? It is not even working properly on twitter. I was able to do it in Facebook Timeline but it does not show up in the news feed for everybodt to see.


message 20: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Brown Abby wrote: "What happened? It is not even working properly on twitter. I was able to do it in Facebook Timeline but it does not show up in the news feed for everybodt to see."

Facebook uses an algorithm to determine what gets posted to the activity feed. It's not something within Goodreads' control, unfortunately.


message 21: by Abby (new)

Abby Hi Patrick, I totally understand, but the old functionality is working correctly. Is it removed already or can I switch back? Thanks.


message 22: by Jack (new)

Jack I can't remove the error pop-up telling me that "this didn't post to facebook feed" or something without going to facebook. I have not connected this account with facebook (so far as I can remember), and I wouldn't know where on facebook to disable this option. Please make that on the site rather than on facebook? :)


message 23: by Tara (new)

Tara Chevrestt I have tried this ten times, on two different high speed browsers. It either takes 20 min to finish or it's not working for me.


message 24: by ahmedoank (new)

ahmedoank Doesn't work for me either. :(


message 25: by Tara (new)

Tara Chevrestt He he. I clicked on it and went and showered. And nothing.. Still waiting. It doesn't work. Period.


message 26: by Abby (last edited Jan 19, 2012 12:19AM) (new)

Abby What I did is that I check if Good Reads was removed from my FB Apps, then I try to disconnect from the timeline app again in Good Reads and then click the Go To App on the upper right corner of the FB page to redirect you back to Good Reads. Somehow connected. It is working but not appearing in the timeline news feed, now i think it is great! Because I am afraid of spamming! But with the previous algorithm, i did not encounter these problems. Before it was working well on Twitter. Switching back is also a good idea.


message 27: by Abby (new)

Abby Jacob wrote: "Adding new functionality is one thing, but now I seem to be missing the option to push a specific review to Facebook. I don't want to spam everything I do to FB. I just want to post certain reviews..."

Yes, i agree with you. We should have that option to just post certain things.


message 28: by TheYetiWakes (last edited Jan 19, 2012 07:25AM) (new)

TheYetiWakes All I want is the old fashioned 'is currently reading' bit back where it shows a lovely image of the cover and a description of the book. This just adds a one text line to my wall (that is itself abbreviated) and doesn't even put it into the newsfeed section.

Can't even just share a book from its page anymore. It posts but doesn't show the cover, just a grey vertical line.


message 29: by Jon (new)

Jon What about security and privacy? I have NOT jumped on the Facebook Timeline bandwagon and I won't until forced to. I quit sharing my GoodReads updates with Facebook well over a year ago. I now manually post my reviews to my Facebook feed so I can tightly control privacy, depending on the audience I think the review will appeal to among my friends.

I prefer granule control of what I can automatically publish from any given social media site, so I look forward to more features and functionality from GoodReads Facebook Timeline integration.

Also, since I have so many books already added to my bookshelves, it will be an extreme pain in the rear to only be able to add 'new' books to the Facebook Timeline. Seems pretty shorted sighted.


message 30: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Well apparently Goodreads doesn't want to play by the rules anymore....

They deleted a comment someone had posted on the Goodreads Facebook account. Not a cool move, specially if the person was just stating the fact that they wouldn't be linking their FB account with Goodreads. Nothing wrong with that. Too bad they feel the need to censor their fans.


message 31: by Anil (new)

Anil First of all, thank you Otis and the rest of the Goodreads family. Even if i don't like sharing "everything" with my friends on Facebook, sharing books won't do any harm to me. By the way it's working perfectly

Otis, like you said it will be really cool when Facebook let us add all the books we've read in the past into the Timeline. I hope in that near future, we won't need to do this manually.


message 32: by Kelly (new)

Kelly How do I get the pop-up about this to stop...well, popping up? I want to keep my FB and GR separate, and I don't mind seeing it once, but I've seen it several times this morning alone. Is there a way to just say "no thanks" and not have the pop-up anymore?


message 33: by Meredith (new)

Meredith Its not working for me either, on my timeline, it shows only older books that I have read last year and nothing new that I add....


message 34: by Potjy (new)

Potjy I just want the good old "add to facebook", or anything it said, back. Can I?? Please please...


message 35: by Lady Jaye (new)

Lady Jaye I have not linked my GR to my Facebook, so going to Facebook to stop the pop-ups don't help. My GR and Facebook are separate spaces and I'd like to keep them that way. This has to be fixed from your end. Please keep the pop-ups from popping up. They are annoying and ruin my experience here on GoodReads.


message 36: by Kay (new)

Kay Totally agree that this is info-overload for my friends to be forced to see what page I am on in each of my books, every book I add, and every little thing I do on GR. They really don't have time for this much trivia for me. I prefer posting about the books I want people to know about specially.
Also, do not like the censorship of deleting comments that say anything anti-new supersharing from GR.


message 37: by Rose (last edited Jan 19, 2012 06:48AM) (new)

Rose Kelly wrote: "How do I get the pop-up about this to stop...well, popping up? I want to keep my FB and GR separate, and I don't mind seeing it once, but I've seen it several times this morning alone. Is there a w..."

I'm seconding Kelly's statement. It'd be great to have a means to turn this off if we're not linking Facebook to our Goodreads account. I also prefer to keep them separate.


message 38: by Kristine (new)

Kristine Cayne And what about FB pages? When will the old app be fixed or this app adapted to pages?


message 39: by Beate (new)

Beate I would love to see the same thing for Google+....


message 40: by Kara (last edited Jan 19, 2012 09:10AM) (new)

Kara Jacob: Adding new functionality is one thing, but now I seem to be missing the option to push a specific review to Facebook.

That's a change that Facebook made on their end. Unfortunately, it's no longer possible to post reviews individually.

Jon: Also, since I have so many books already added to my bookshelves, it will be an extreme pain in the rear to only be able to add 'new' books to the Facebook Timeline. Seems pretty shorted sighted

We're still waiting for Facebook to launch reading history capabilities. Sorry about that. We would if we could!

Stephanie: They deleted a comment someone had posted on the Goodreads Facebook account. Not a cool move, specially if the person was just stating the fact that they wouldn't be linking their FB account with Goodreads. Nothing wrong with that. Too bad they feel the need to censor their fans.

We didn't delete any comments from the Facebook Page. There are plenty of negative ones there right now! Tell whoever is missing their comment to re-post - sounds like a glitch to me.

Re - the Facebook pop-ups: I'm looking into that now.


message 41: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm not a big fan of Facebook and I never linked my goodreads account to it. I don't like that every time I do something on GR I get a Facebook popup. I was able to get rid of the popups by going to my account and changing/removing all the feeds. I don't get the popups any more but my recent activity also doesn't show up (except my reviews and ratings I guess), which is better than dealing with constant popups or Facebook.


message 42: by Riku (new)

Riku Sayuj pls give some way to go back to how it was... i want "On page 72 of 512 of Guns, Germs and Steel, by Jared Diamond" on my facebook wall and not "Made progress with On War." :(

And I want an option to FEATURE it on my timeline! Made progress everytime will make it pointless to do it more than once per book.. what about sharing important/ entertaining stuff in between?

None of this is there now... please please give an option to go back to how it was. Anyway to disable this?

I have to search for alternates for my book sharing needs until I am at least allowed to disable goodreads timeline feature...


message 43: by Riku (new)

Riku Sayuj and my comments on progress are not shown in fb anymore. How thoughtless was this update?? I want to go back please.


message 44: by Kara (new)

Kara Riku wrote: "pls give some way to go back to how it was... i want "On page 72 of 512 of Guns, Germs and Steel, by Jared Diamond" on my facebook wall and not "Made progress with On War." :(

And I want an optio..."


Unfortunately, we can't do that because each of our new Facebook "actions" has to have a consistent name for every time someone makes that type of update: "Made Progress", "Finished reading", etc.

You can feature it on your Timeline in its own box though - this should allow the individual page number to display. Just click on your "Activity Log" (towards the top of the page). Then, find the update in question (should be at the top) and click the circle to its far right. Click "shown on Timeline", which will allow it to be in its own box.


message 45: by Riku (last edited Jan 19, 2012 09:33AM) (new)

Riku Sayuj Kara wrote: Unfortunately, we can't do that because each of our new Facebook "actions" has to have a consistent name for every time someone makes that type of update: "Made Progress", "Finished reading", etc. "


So basically you are restricting us to publishing only one update per book to fb? Who would want to keep spamming fb with "made progress" every time without any accompanying comments or what the progress really is?

Which essentially means that you are restricting us to updating a book only once on goodreas too unless we want to go and change our sharing settings every time?

Seriously, Wouldn't that drastically reduce user activity on goodreads? Is this a good move? I ask as a concerned user who has been pitching for goodreads a lot among friends.

Please at least give us a blue box with "disable goodreads timeline"? Would that be too much to ask too? That is something you can do from your end and not an fb limitation right?


message 46: by Kara (new)

Kara Riku wrote: "Kara wrote: Unfortunately, we can't do that because each of our new Facebook "actions" has to have a consistent name for every time someone makes that type of update: "Made Progress", "Finished rea..."

Riku, I understand your concern completely. If we could change it to individual page numbers, we would, but that's not possible in the way Facebook is currently designed.

Would you mind clarifying what you mean by the blue box you mentioned? If you want to disable posting Goodreads updates to your Timeline, you can easily do so on your apps tab.


message 47: by Riku (last edited Jan 19, 2012 09:30AM) (new)

Riku Sayuj Kara wrote: You can feature it on your Timeline in its own box though

I can maximum allow it on my timeline... to feature means it will be always shown.. and my books are things that i want to feature as more important than general updates. Every book is a landmark event as the blog above says.. if it is not FEATURED, it will be hidden unless show more is clicked...

SO requesting again - why not allow dissatisfied beta testers to go back and use the older version until the bugs are sorted out?

Just because some of us are active users willing to beta test doesnt mean we should be penalized for that... These are probably the users who help goodreads the most... you really should pay special heed to these commentors above - they are people who follow goodreads well enough to test out this feature within 24 hours of rollout - your biggest fans.


message 48: by Riku (last edited Jan 19, 2012 09:30AM) (new)

Riku Sayuj Kara wrote: Would you mind clarifying what you mean by the blue box you mentioned? If you want to disable posting Goodreads updates to your Timeline, you can easily do so on your apps tab. "

See above this blog there is a blue box which says: "Enable Goodreads for Timeline" - Untill I clicked that i was very satisfied with goodreads.

Now my feedback is that it just doesn't work for me.

So please give me a similar blue box which says: "Disable Goodreads for Timeline"

I DO NOT want to stop posting to fb... I want to go back to how I used to share before this new feature. Is that possible?


message 49: by Robert (new)

Robert I added this feature but all I am still seeing is the book I added in "recent activity". I'm still not seeing the graphics displayed above.


message 50: by Riku (new)

Riku Sayuj Alex wrote: "Timeline isn't working on my profile after I experimented turning privacy settings on and off (what gets posted and what doesn't) so I'm going to stop using Goodreads for a week or so and hopefully..."

Goodreads is going to lose vital users like this - please allow dissatisfied users to go back to previous settings.


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