How do you Update or Create a Life Event on Facebook Timeline?

Facebook Timeline has now made it a lot easier to quickly post about life events as they happen. Many life events are common to many of us. Things like getting married, having a baby, buying a house and getting a job are all similar events that many of us experience at one time or another. Before on the “old Facebook” you would have to enter these events and the details pretty much manually. But the new Timeline Facebook invented a quicker solution to adding these important events in your life without having to create them entirely from scratch. It’s called add a “Life Event” and you’ll find it right on your status toolbar on the far right on your Timeline page after you scroll down a bit past your Facebook Cover Photo.

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It’s easy to post a life event using this feature. Just click on the “life event” button and see a drop down menu of several main event categories broken down into smaller sub-events. Once you log into Facebook and get your Timeline you can start posting these events and retro-posting now.

Here is a basic overview of these events and some info about the Life Event templates.

Breakdown of Categories and Subcategories under “Life Events” on Facebook Timeline

There are 5 main Categories and over 40 sub categories to help you post your life event.

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Work & Eduction

  • New Job
  • Retirement
  • New School
  • Study Abroad
  • Volunteer Work
  • Military Service
  • Other Life Event

Family & Relationships

  • First met
  • New relationships
  • Engagement
  • Marriage
  • New child
  • New family member
  • New pet
  • End of relationship
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Other life event

Home & Living

  • Moved
  • Bought a home
  • Home improvement
  • New roommate
  • New vehicle
  • Other life event


Health & Wellness

  • New eating habits
  • Weight loss
  • Glasses, contacts, other
  • Broken bone
  • Overcame an illness
  • Quit a habit
  • Other life event

Travel & Experiences

  • New hobby
  • New instrument
  • New language
  • Tattoo or piercing
  • New license
  • Travel
  • Achievment or award
  • Changed beliefs
  • First word, kiss, other
  • New sport
  • Other life event

Each sub category event has a basic (mostly) universal template broken down into 5 detailed areas to fill in and a place to upload and post photos relating to this event. The specific time and date will automatically place this event in the appropriate place on the Timeline if you’d like to go back and fill in some missing events.

Here are the 5 info boxes inside the preset Templates for you to fill in with the details of your life event:

  • The event (this varies)
  • Location (optional)
  • Who with
  • When
  • Story

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