Facebook serves up nostalgia with ‘Lookback’

Facebook recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and as a way to thank its 1.2 billion members, it gave a way for everyone to relive their most important / memorable years on the social networking site via Lookback.

The following video is my Lookback. I can’t say that the posts and photos in the collection are the ones that matter to me most; these are only the content that more people liked, and that perhaps says that the things that I find more interesting are oftentimes different from what others prefer. Frankly, the things that matter most to me are the ones that I only share to as few people as possible–lessons learned from life’s challenges, travels, falling in/out of love, minor run-ins.

But thanks, FB, just the same.

UPDATE: I might have missed the share button or it must have been added rather later, since the first people who shared the Lookback feature only posted links. With sharing of lookback videos made available, my timeline is flooded with everyone’s highlights.

I love Facebooking, I really do, but…

“Care to write a status update to your friends? Facebook sets the default for those messages to be published to the entire internet through direct funnels to the net’s top search engines. You can use a dropdown field to restrict your publishing, but it’s seemingly too hard for Facebook to actually remember that’s what you do. (Google Buzz, for all the criticism it has taken, remembers your setting from your last post and uses that as the new default.)

Now, say you you write a public update, saying, “My boss had a crazy great idea for a new product!” Now, you might not know it, but there is a Facebook page for “My Crazy Boss” and because your post had all the right words, your post now shows up on that page. Include the words “FBI” or “CIA,” and you show up on the FBI or CIA page.

Then there’s the new Facebook “Like” button littering the internet. It’s a great idea, in theory — but it’s completely tied to your Facebook account, and you have no control over how it is used. (No, you can’t like something and not have it be totally public.)”