BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The end of this year is rapidly approaching and everyone is reviewing the year and drawing conclusion while all-time helpful Facebook filters your Year in Review.
The internet is filled with articles that summarize what happened this year in different areas such as politics or technology. We see lists of the best or worse ‘somethings’ of the year and so on.
Of course, although we are making summaries and drawing conclusions, we do this in a hurry and looking forward to the future and to our New Year’s resolutions which are always planned in advance and seldom put in practice in the year to come. But hey, at least we’re optimistic! And there is something that tries to keep us that way and that is Facebook.
Although it’s dragging us through this past year’s events, and not exactly making us look towards the future, Facebook is filtering out sad moments and shows us only pictures of the good times we had in 2015.
The Year in Review is a photoset which includes ten photos chosen by Facebook from your timeline as a reminder of what you have been up to this year. Besides filtering the less happy moments, Facebook also allows you to edit the photoset yourself. This is quite natural, as who could know your own memories better than yourself? Certainly, not a computer algorithm.
This comes as a change because in the past the social media has made some mistakes in handling this feature. More precisely, Facebook used to show you anything from that year, without any filters. This means that many people were reminded not only of the good things but also of the bad things that happened in a said year, including breakups or death. And as we certainly never forget about such things, we definitely don’t need a social media feature to remind us of them. Of course, some may argue that we could share on Facebook only the good things to begin with and it’s not Facebook’s fault if you choose to advertise accidents, deaths or your relationship status.
But anyway, Facebook is doing a nice thing by bringing up your happy memories of this year and deliberately failing to show you the bad ones as well, so you won’t have to be reminded of anything that could make you sad.
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