A new Facebook app shows the lifetime of users in 62 seconds. It collects posts, photos and shares from the first day a person joined the social media site and puts them together in a video for people to share, through their profile pages.
This is not the first time that Facebook has done something like this. During the end of the year, for the last two years, the social networking giant has created a photo collage of things shared throughout the year. However, this is the first time the collage has been put together in a fully customized video.
In December 2013, the social networking site created the “Year in Review,” which was a collection of the 20 most popular posts from the year. These were mainly photos, but did include the odd status and video. It showed all the comments that people made, the number of “likes” each post received and kept them in order of when they were posted. To the left hand side of the string of photos was all the photos that were posted during the year. The top had a collage of ever-changing photos from the year.
The lifetime videos do something a little different. While putting everything together in a short clip, it only shows the photos and status updates that were most popular. The dates are in random order and to find them in the timeline will mean searching through years of posts. However, it is a quick way to show the full lifetime on Facebook in just 62 seconds.
There is no way of fully customizing the video. The app automatically decides which photos and statuses will be chosen. It could include some of the most embarrassing moments, as well as items to look back at fondly. And it all starts with a person’s very first profile photo and the year they joined.
The good news is that there is a way to cut parts of the video out. After the video has been put together, an “edit your movie” button shows up.
Those who have only been on the site for a short period of time will find a thank you card show up, instead. It depends on the amount of information that has been shared.
This software is available for the majority of the 1.2 billion Facebook fans. These include those in English, German, French and Brazilian speaking areas – among many others – according to a spokesperson from the social networking giant.
The videos became available from 12 noon PST on the site’s 10th birthday on Feb. 4. They will be available for one month only, unless shared on the timelines. When shared, they will remain visible for the rest of someone’s Facebook lifetime.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the site, was recently asked whether he expected to see the social networking site grow in the way it has. He explicitly shared that he didn’t, but it has been great to see how people have connected through the site to share both happy and painful times; in just 62 seconds, the Facebook lifetime video shows much of that.
By Alexandria Ingham