A Peek at Goodreads Integration on Facebook Timeline

Posted by Otis Chandler on September 22, 2011
Goodreads was founded on the idea that friends love to share their latest book discoveries with each other. Whenever you're so enraptured by a book that you hate to reach the last page, you want everyone to know about it! Because we've always been about telling your friends what you're reading, we're very excited about today's announcement.

Today, in coordination with Facebook's new Timeline, we're announcing a way that will make it easier than ever to share the books you love with your friends. The Goodreads Timeline integration will be launching in the next few weeks, and when it does, you will be able to connect your Goodreads profile to your Facebook profile and sync all of your ratings, reviews, and favorite books. Your books will have a special home on your Facebook profile—a cool visual representation of your books: likes and dislikes, favorites and to-reads.

My Facebook Profile




Close up of the profile box and a progress update


Your Book Reviews from Goodreads on Facebook
Reading Reamde on Facebook


Scroll down to 1988 to see I read Where The Red Fern Grows


Timeline of Where the Red Fern Grows from Goodreads on Facebook

Ensuring that you have full control over your information is very important to us, so your books will only be shared on Facebook if you turn on sharing on your my account page. Also, you'll still have all the same controls on our site as before, with the option to post a review to Facebook individually.

We are excited to enable Goodreads members to show off their books on Facebook. We will be posting again when the Goodreads integration with Timeline launches.

Update: Here is a video of me being interviewed at F8:

Watch live streaming video from f8live at livestream.com


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message 1: by Brenda (new)

Brenda YES!!! Finally.


message 2: by Juliana Philippa (last edited Sep 22, 2011 02:10PM) (new)

Juliana Philippa I love Goodreads and the online book community it has created, but there is such a thing as having too much being too public and I think Facebook is getting there - or already has - with their new Timeline feature. Don't know that I'll be syncing my accounts.


message 3: by Angie (new)

Angie At least something good is coming out of all these facebook updates!


message 4: by Claire (new)

Claire Hooray!


message 5: by Raphaelus (new)

Raphaelus Nice


message 6: by Suwilanji (new)

Suwilanji Cool !


message 7: by Dimity (new)

Dimity I like the idea of sharing my goodreads on my fb, especially when it comes to currently reading and reviews. However, I read a lot and like to keep track of when I read each book but I'm really not interested in having every.single.book I've read on my "timeline." Time will tell if I sync my accounts, I suppose.


message 8: by Tomb (new)

Tomb I have Timelines since I am a developer. But the Goodreader app keeps redirecting me to this site. D:


message 9: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Beverly I really appreciate the fact that you are letting us have a choice about whether we want to share it all or not! Thanks!


message 10: by Mariel (new)

Mariel Not sure I will be sharing all my books. It is like laying your soul bare for all to see


message 11: by Juliana Philippa (new)

Juliana Philippa Mariel wrote: "Not sure I will be sharing all my books. It is like laying your soul bare for all to see"

Second that.


message 12: by Kara (last edited Sep 22, 2011 02:35PM) (new)

Kara Tomb wrote: "I have Timelines since I am a developer. But the Goodreader app keeps redirecting me to this site. D:"

The Goodreads App is actually supposed to redirect to this site. You mark what you're reading here on Goodreads. Then, once you sync up with Facebook (on this page), your Goodreads activity starts posting automatically to your Facebook feed/Timeline.


message 13: by Cindy (new)

Cindy "Not sure I will be sharing all my books. It is like laying your soul bare for all to see"

Very good point. Our local library has a self-serve hold shelf, and I always feel like I'm violating other people's privacy when I happen to see what books friends and neighbors have on hold when retrieving my own.


message 14: by Tomb (new)

Tomb Kara wrote: "Tomb wrote: "I have Timelines since I am a developer. But the Goodreader app keeps redirecting me to this site. D:"

The Goodreads App is actually supposed to redirect to this site. You mark what y..."


I'm talking about the timeline addition. I don't want to spam my feed. I want to have a place for goodreads in my Timeline. :D


message 15: by Pam (new)

Pam I love Goodreads and all it's many features and use Facebook, but adding more clutter to the already frantic looking Facebook page doesn't work or me. Not only don't want more stuff to wade through on my Facebook page but I don't want everyone I know privy to what I read. I assume this sharing on the account page is the enable Facebook feed update button on the apps page. Does anyone know if that's correct since I certainly don't want to participate in his new feature.


message 16: by Kara (new)

Kara Pam wrote: "I love Goodreads and all it's many features and use Facebook, but adding more clutter to the already frantic looking Facebook page doesn't work or me. Not only don't want more stuff to wade throug..."

Don't worry, you won't be opted into Facebook sharing unless you specifically request to be. Right now your Facebook account isn't connected to your Goodreads account at all.


message 17: by Codymarie (new)

Codymarie Greene Wow this sounds great! I have friends on Facebook that I would love to share new books and reviews with. Thanks for all the great tools for us book lovers.


message 18: by Scott (new)

Scott It isn't something to be proud of. The new Facebook is intrusive and distracting. After two days, I have yet to find one good thing about Facebook's changes. It is so bad I'm considering deleting my FB account.


message 19: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Juliana wrote: "I love Goodreads and the online book community it has created, but there is such a thing as having too much being too public and I think Facebook is getting there - or already has - with their new ..."

I totally agree with you. One thing I like best about Goodreads is it is separate from any other social networking out there. I come here to just read and learn about my books and others. I will not be combining the two.


message 20: by Irene (new)

Irene Not happy about this!


message 21: by Carol (new)

Carol I will not be turning on the share feature. My Goodreads friends are my reading friends and my Facebook friends are my social friends. I have no desire to annoy either group of my friends with updates from another part of my life.


message 22: by Galadriel (new)

Galadriel Johnson I do not care for the new facebook. While I do share some goodreads information on facebook I don't think I want to share it all. Mostly because I don't want to intrude on everyone else. I despise all the game updates and do my best to block them from my feed and I do not want to contribute to that. I would like my goodreads activities, when posted, to interest my friends not make them want to block them.


message 23: by Dave (new)

Dave Emmett The best part of the f8 video for me was when I noticed the goodreads logo on the big screen of pre-release apps. This is exactly the kind of deep integration I've been waiting for, thanks for making goodreads even more awesome.


message 24: by Mike (new)

Mike  Davis I'm now having to go through and reduce the amount of information displayed by FB friends on my FB page since the latest round of "improvements" which I find continually annoying. My friends span a huge range from rural family to co-workers to intellectual book title sharers. A listing of my book preferences, while nothing to hide, nevertheless is mere spam to many. Those friends who enjoy seeing my reading list are invited to join Goodreads where they belong. Sorry if I'm being a curmudgeon. I think sometimes we get overly excited about what we should do simply because we can do it.


message 25: by Mahlet (new)

Mahlet I also appreciate Goodreads leaving the integration choice in the hands of the readers. I already hate that FB allows your friends to see comments you make on authors' FB fanpages, etc. Giving them access to my shelves/reading choices? I'd have to cancel FB.


message 26: by Betty (new)

Betty I find I'm just spending too much time on F/B as it is now, with all the changes and all the feed back. It has really cut down on my writing time.

Although, this may be a good thing. I'll have to wait and see.


message 27: by Toni (new)

Toni Osborne This sounds great


message 28: by Mack (new)

Mack Simpson Tomb wrote: "I'm talking about the timeline addition. I don't want to spam my feed. I want to have a place for goodreads in my Timeline."

I understand what you're asking, Tomb; I have the ap dev Timeline layout, too, and GR isn't in my timeline, either (though Spotify is up, running and nicely positioned). Perhaps the GR<->FB integration isn't fully completed, yet, and only just "announced." (Hate it when that happens.)


message 29: by Sheldon (new)

Sheldon Wait, so the new Facebook Timeline is just rolling it back to the when they allowed profile boxes and tabs on on everyone's profile page? Actually, I'm okay with that, because I was really disappointed when they removed those. I'm glad to have it back, and I liked the way the old profile box worked, with a progress bar for whatever you're reading now, they way it is on the Goodreads site. It would be nice to have that back.


message 30: by Mindi (new)

Mindi Rosser It will be interesting to see how users embrace this new aspect of Facebook. The early adopters vs. the traditional approachers. Hmmm...


message 31: by John (new)

John Corwin I'm liking Google+ more and more over FB lately. I've noticed that FB Pages aren't getting the traffic they used to, probably because of the "subscribe" button everyone has now. I assume it'll be like Twitter or Goodreads where you can follow someone without actually being a friend.


message 32: by Becky (new)

Becky Ummm... Is this new "Timeline" only for Facebook integrated profiles? Because I don't use nor want to link to Facebook, ever. But I would love to have a timeline or calendar for my profile HERE, as has been requested repeatedly. I would like to see implementations for Goodreads without FB tracking everything.


message 33: by Karin (new)

Karin Me too. This is what I'm looking for. When will the permanent box be showing up on the Timeline page?

Tomb wrote: "Kara wrote: "Tomb wrote: "I have Timelines since I am a developer. But the Goodreader app keeps redirecting me to this site. D:"

The Goodreads App is actually supposed to redirect to this site. Yo..."



message 34: by Kara (last edited Oct 04, 2011 10:47AM) (new)

Kara Karin wrote: "Me too. This is what I'm looking for. When will the permanent box be showing up on the Timeline page?

Tomb wrote: "Kara wrote: "Tomb wrote: "I have Timelines since I am a developer. But the Good..."


Facebook hasn't yet launched Custom Open Graph (COG). As soon as it does, you can start looking for the Goodreads integration with it.


message 35: by Eileen (new)

Eileen I definitely don't synch this account with facebook - my non-reading friends find my updates annoying, and quite frankly, so did I. This is a whatever for me.


message 36: by Kent (new)

Kent There is an apparent technical issue regarding posting on Timeline. I am able to post only as a "Featured" item....one that sprawls across the width of the page. It will not allow me to "minimize" a Goodreads post...to post it only on one half of the Timeline page. Anybody else having this problem or have a solution for me?


message 37: by Otis (new)

Otis Chandler The integration described here is not yet live, so I'm not clear what you mean. Perhaps a screenshot would help!


message 38: by Kent (new)

Kent Kent wrote: "Otis wrote: "The integration described here is not yet live, so I'm not clear what you mean. Perhaps a screenshot would help!"

Can send screen shot in email but not here apparently."

You can see what I'm saying by going to my Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/kentpavelka


message 39: by Karin (new)

Karin That is only the post that comes automatically because you have your Goodreads and Facebook linked. This isn't anything new. I can't wait for the official timeline integration though.


message 40: by Kent (new)

Kent Understood. But my question still stands regarding: am able to post only as a "Featured" item....one that sprawls across the width of the page. It will not allow me to "minimize" a Goodreads post...to post it only on one half of the Timeline page.


message 41: by Karin (new)

Karin Mine automatically goes to half the timeline. So I guess the answer is yes. Mine never is featured (the whole width of the page).


message 42: by Kent (new)

Kent Karin wrote: "Mine automatically goes to half the timeline. So I guess the answer is yes. Mine never is featured (the whole width of the page)."

Interesting. It is obviously buggy.


message 43: by Kent (new)

Kent Interesting. It is obviously buggy. Only way I can get it to post is by enabling Feature on Timeline. Minimizing on Timeline causes it to go away entirely. Then when I select Allowed by Timeline via Activity log, it does not post. Only posts if I select it to be featured. hmmm..


message 44: by Jackie (new)

Jackie I really don't like how instead of one by one post of my goodread reviews, now it's all grouped up in one post shown all the way down half of my timeline.


message 45: by Lorne (new)

Lorne Exactly how does this integration work? Does it show all the books you've read since you've started using Goodreads? I'm playing around w/ Timeline and I put the Goodreads app next to friends/photos/likes right under the cover, but when I click on and it shows the year by year timeline, it's blank. This whole Timeline thing is annoying.


message 46: by Jackie (new)

Jackie By the way: I accidentally "hide from timeline" one of the months from Goodreads, is there a way I can undo this?


message 47: by Richard (new)

Richard So where is this already?


message 48: by Otis (new)

Otis Chandler The integration will launch when Facebook releases it. Hopefully soon!


message 49: by Dave (new)

Dave Brown Hope it's soon. Right now...Timeline is bunching all of my Goodreads posts together...and usually pretty far down my Timeline...It doesn't get bumped to the top when I post something new.


message 50: by Cristin (new)

Cristin I don't see any of my Goodreads posts at all on my timeline - it doesn't give me an option to add the app. I've checked all my settings, and they appear synced... does anyone have any other suggestions? Am I missing something?


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