On the 4th of February, 2014, Facebook turned 10 years old! Happy Birthday Facebook! In a Facebook post on his timeline, Mark wrote;
“When I reflect on the last 10 years, one question I ask myself is: why were we the ones to build this? We were just students. We had way fewer resources than big companies. If they had focused on this problem, they could have done it. The only answer I can think of is: we just cared more,"
To celebrate, Mark Zuckerberg and his team created the Look Back feature for its users. This feature combines the experiences of the users into a short, personal video that highlights their activity since joining the social network. It’s designed to give us a nostalgic look into our Facebook past.
Have a look at an example Look Back video:
The Look Back feature is spreading through peoples profiles at an amazing pace, bringing back a lot of memories on its way. It has also reached the news for reasons other than its virality. One special request came from John Berlin, who posted a very emotional appeal on YouTube requesting to see the Look Back video of his son, who died in 2012, aged 22. Facebook have responded to this request and since contacted Mr Berlin to agree that they will make him a video using his son’s account. Facebook have also said that they are going to look at how they can’t further help families who have lost their loved ones. (Read more on this story)
The Look Back feature is trending fast, but there are a large number of users who aren’t happy with their video. If there are too many pictures of your ex, or that awful haircut you used to have, then don’t worry as Facebook is soon to be launching an ‘edit’ feature. A company spokesperson said:
“We will be launching an Edit feature soon that will allow people to change moments in their movies or update the ones they shared. I don’t have exact timing at the moment, but this will enable people to remove a post from the movie that was pre-selected and change it to a different one.”
If you haven’t created your Look Back Video yet, then here’s the link!