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Facebook creates videos for users chronicling time as a member

Facebook launches "A Look Back," per-user custom videos that chronicle your time on the social network.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Tue, Feb 4 2014 11:34 AM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Facebook turned 10 years old today, and to celebrate, the social network has created a customized video for each of its users that chronicles their history on the site since joining. Titled "A Look Back" the video showcases everything from the users very first interactions with the site, all the way to their most liked post. You can can take a look back by watching your custom video at this custom page on Facebook's website.

Facebook creates videos for users chronicling time as a member | TweakTown.com

Not surprisingly, my most liked photos are from my days as a professional photographer, and my most liked and most commented post are from both very high points and very low points in my life since joining Facebook back in 2008. While the 1 minute long video was a nice trip down memory lane, the technology behind generating a custom 1 minute video for every registered Facebook user is what interest me the most. Facebook as not released any information on how they did it, but I suspect that HTML 5 and the Open Graph API were used heavily.

NEWS SOURCE:facebook.com

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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