To use the Timeline effectively you will need to be familiar with some terms which are used to describe the Timeline and it's functionality. These terms are defined below.

Timeline: A system for delivering time-sensitive information (posts) to designated end users. The Timeline consists of the following components:

Timeline app: A webpage, iOS and Android app which displays Timeline posts to logged in users.

Timeline publication system: A webpage that allows authorized users to publish posts into the Timeline.

Timeline engine: A software system that delivers posts to end users based on their interests and identity using a variety of output media (webpages, email, text message, social media, calendars).

Posts: Information published in the Timeline. Posts are of three types and two classes:

Types of posts:

Events: Posts that have a start and end date.

Deadlines: Posts that only have one associated date.

Announcements: Posts that are not associated with any specific dates.

Classes of posts:

Tagged Posts: Events published using predefined tags that students, faculty and staff can use to filter according to their interests. These events are often open to anyone interested in attending within the University Community.

Targeted Posts: Events, deadlines or announcements that go only to a select group of users. They appear on the individual's My Calendar tab or under Announcements.

Tag: A named category that describes an interest area or characteristic of an activity. For example: music, football, anthropology, free, or ticket required. Timeline supports hierarchical and non-hierarchical tags (e.g, “orchestral music” would be a sub-tag of “music”) as well as activity attributes (“free food”, “alcohol served”). Tags are of two types:

Open: anyone can place the tag on their posts.

Closed: only users with posting rights for that tag can place the tag on their posts.

Group: A named set of individuals that share a common role, status or attribute (e.g., “History Department Senior Faculty”, “Undergraduate Seniors”). Groups are of three types:

Open: Anyone can join.

Moderated: Anyone can apply to join, subject to approval by group administrator(s).

Closed: Membership is controlled by the system or the group owner (member with “manage membership” rights to the group).

Membership visibility in groups can be one of two types:

Public: Membership is viewable by any group members or administrators.

Private: Membership is only visible to administrators.

Sub-group: A group consisting of a primary group and one or more secondary groups that restrict membership in the group. For example, to send a targeted post to seniors majoring in history, you could create a sub-group of the seniors group that was restricted by the history majors group. The sub-group would consist of people who were both “seniors” and “history majors." Note: you must have posting rights to the primary group.

Members: Individuals who receive posts made to the group. Currently members are restricted to individuals who have a Princeton netID. An individual can be a member of multiple groups, and a group may consist of one or more members. All Timeline users are automatically made members of a “personal” group that includes only themselves. This allows individuals to post personal events into their My Calendar tab.

Administrators: Individuals that have one or more rights for a group, destination or identity. Administrators can be, but need not be, members of a group over which they have rights. Note: If they are not members, they do not receive posts made to the group.

Rights: Control what operations administrators are permitted to perform. By default, the owner is given specific rights including the right to add other administrators. The rights vary based on what is being administered (groups, destinations, identities).

Owner: Identifies the person who is responsible for the group, destination or identity, but by itself does not confer any specific rights. Typically owners also have most of the other rights listed below.

Manage details: Allows editing of name and properties of a group or destination.

Manage editing rights: Allows administrator to add/remove privileges for other individuals.

Manage memberships: Allows administrator to add/remove group members and adjudicate moderated membership requests.

Moderate posts: Allows administrator to moderate (accept/reject) posts made by individuals with Submit posts to moderator rights.

Post to/for: Allows posting of events, deadlines and announcements to the group, destination or as the identity.

Submit posts to moderator: Allows posting of events, deadlines and announcements to the group or destination subject to moderator approval.

Follow Group: Allows you to receive notifications about postings to a group without being a member.

Destinations: A web or social media site which supports the Timeline. At the moment, destinations are limited to Drupal sites, but in the future will also include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress, Roxen and other social media sites.

My Calendar tab:  Displays

  • all events and deadlines based on your group memberships, 
  • personal events you have created, and
  • open events you have added from the Events tab.

Events tab: Displays all events open to the University community. You can toggle the events display to show all events or only events that have one or more of your selected tags.

Announcements tab: Displays all announcements based on your group memberships.