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

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

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

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

Home view: Front page of application displaying your timeline, events of interest & deadlines.

Posts: Information published in 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 users can filter according to their interests. These events are often open to anyone interested in attending within the University Community.

Group (Targeted) Posts: Events, deadlines or announcements that go only to a select group of users. They appear on the user's timeline, list of deadlines or under announcements.

Tag/Interest: 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.

Membership visibility in groups can be one of two types:

Public: Membership is visible to group members and 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 timeline.

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

Rights: Control of 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, tags, identities).

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

Edit basic info: Allows editing of name and properties of a group or destination.

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

Manage memberships: Allows administrator to add/remove group members and moderate (accept/reject) membership requests.

Edit sub tags: Allows administrator to edit all tags under current parent tag.

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, tag or as the identity.

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

Follow group: Allows administrator to receive notifications about postings to a group without being a member (similar to CC: option in Create Post form).

Remove admin: Removes all rights for administrator. Make sure there is always someone with Manage admin rights.

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

My Timeline:  On the home view - the top third of the screen. Displays

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

Events of Interest: On the home view - middle third of the screen. Displays

  • all events open to the University community,
  • for the selected date (displayed in upper left corner),
  • filtered by the interests you selected in My Interests (under Menu).

Additional events can be viewed by clicking More on the home view and searching, expanding or changing the date range, and/or selecting other interests or sub-interests.

Deadlines: On the home view - bottom third of the screen. Displays next 30 days worth of deadlines. Additional deadlines can be viewed by clicking the More button. Deadlines also appear on the user's personal Timeline

Announcements icon: Displays all announcements based on your group memberships. The number of unread announcements appears as a badge on the icon.