Zuckerberg & I seem to inhabit one mind. As I was trying to see the archive-like interest of my profile (&that of others), here he geeks out with a whole new F8 that introduces the timeline. Our timeline.
Lately, I-we couldn't not notice the left sidebar reminding us what we wrote on our status years ago on that same day, or what our friend's statuses were. A facebook ghost from the past – or a well played out strategy Mark! - initiating us to the timeline app.
Unaware of all this, I couldn't but ponder upon facebook's diary utility at least for keeping track of our moods and when what happened exactly. Needless to say various real life events affected this train of thought: what happens if you throw a going away party? Well, Facebook was there to help me and my friend go back through our pictures and well preserved data to compile our memories to be sent off with a friend (after diligent and costly printing) to San Francisco.
How funny, one might think, as my friend took off on a plane to reach SF, Mark Zuckerberg was giving his presentation on the F8, the new Facebook that would beat Google +.
This time Facebook's heart was somewhere else, it had seen us grow and couldn't help but say: don't leave the Face, see all your memories, your life, your timeline is here! How could you go?
Yes, how could we.
The going away party just reminded me that I had nothing on track anywhere else. No pictures, no dates, no diary entries. I was dependent on Facebook. The “Book” knew more about my life and that of my friends.
The new Facebook will be telling our stories, as Mark put, capturing everything we did in a timeline. https://www.facebook.com/about/timeline
If a month or so, I was actually suggesting the idea of a book made of Facebook statuses to my editor-in-chief, all of a sudden, when the news broke that Facebook Diary was actually real (hence the perfect timing for my article) and about to happen in our lives in a few weeks time, I got the chills.
I actually almost ran to the bookstore to get all the Moleskines they had in stock before F8 could get a hold of them.
Right, a source tells me this is the inspirational site http://memolane.com/site/ . So, many of us felt the urge to keep record of our lives, and the internet makes it so easy, doesn't it?
It almost beats death.
A true writer knows that what's written on ink never dies.
How about what's logged on the internet? We little Trumans being overly watched by the world. There is no escape. Because if you disconnect you might as well don't exist.
An Italian artist, Ivano Atzori had asked to meet all the people who were asking for his friendship in person during one specific event. (read full article on swide.com)
That was a great initiative, I should say. Nonetheless, we are all a little lazy. No one made us walk 9 kilometers to go to school when we were kids.
So here I am, supposedly sitting down to write on the possibility of giving my profile to editors and see what interesting book might come out, and F8 is suggesting me a “bigino” (italian for cheating notes) version of it.
We are all curious to know what it would look like, I actually tried, but hey, Mark, it's kinda complicated, and sorry to say but my real life is complicated enough. It's not that easy to archive your life while your still living it. There is something morbid about it. You might not open a diary for days, but Facebook, well it's all there: your bad hair days, your cheating moments caught by someone else who didn't quite put a privacy read through...
Most importantly, I ask: will we have time of death in our personal info?
In this crazy search for containing life as if the internet was a way to defeat it, will F8 remember that we die too? That the timeline will have to come to an end. What will happen then?
That's where my original article should start: the one about using our Facebook years to write down the story of our lives. I believe my life is more than a status, it is words, sentences, there is breathing, there are tears, and those are wet, most definitely.
Do you want to know how I got the idea of having editors interested in “editing” our Facebook stories?
I am sorry this article won't be as uplifting as others, but it might help us all to think that life is more than a tweet.
One day, when I opened my Facebook account, someone had posted a “timeline” of my grandmother's pictures, that is how I found out she was dead. Too bad timeline didn't exist at the time, because it didn't mention what date she had passed.
A few months later, this new application on the left that said: in November 2009 Aracely wrote: (…)
Aracely, my friend's beloved mother died last Christmas.
Probably no one knew her password to deactivate the account...
Yes, there is no Customer Death Service from Facebook to end the timeline.
In an effort to rob Facebook from its content, I imagined I could use it as a research storage and write books that would tell real stories. The ones that feed the soul and make life and death a comprehensible and human part of life.
Marck Zuckerberg says Facebook Diary was created to “tell stories”. Every journalist knows that to be able to tell the right side of the story, you must first do your research and check the facts.
I have only one demand: how can I ask Mark to make a video of my profile and send it back to me, as a memory of my Facebook years?
If there is one thing Facebook is not helping me with, is: how the heck do I Face-off? When I got my first facebook Freshman year (back in 1997), I didn't think that innocent booklet that helped me circle down the hotties in our class, would become my passport for cyber-survival.
I guess that would make me an anti FB PAC, but not. huffingtonpost.com
If Facebook wants to have a Political Action Committee, in a land like America, there is no reason they shouldn't. It would at least validate all the money they spent lobbying these past years. One think about lobbying is that at least it's out in the clear. In other countries we call it something else. Words are very important, yet again.
I will leave you with the usual quote, this one belongs to a spokesman:
“"FB PAC will give our employees a way to make their voice heard in the political process by supporting candidates who share our goals of promoting the value of innovation to our economy while giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected,"
Please note the use of the word “power” right before the verb share (positive) and followed by make (forceful).
By Acelya Yonac
All about the new Facebook at www.geekissimo.com