As we reflect on what happened in the past year in our lives and in the world, it’s hard to remember each moment and what happened when.
Just this past year, Osama bin Laden was finally found and killed, Will and Kate had their magnificent wedding, Steve Jobs and Elizabeth Taylor passed away, Japan was ravaged by a 9.0 earthquake and a tsunami, and the list goes on and on.
In my year, I spent time in Northern California, Vancouver, Minneapolis, and Montreal. I went snowboarding and wine tasting, I learned how to make cheese, I saw Bono, Lady Gaga and Usher perform live, and I found out I will become an aunt.
I’ve been thinking about the past year a lot since one of my biggest recent projects has been creating a social extension for Yahoo!’s popular Year In Review program. Year In Review brings together data and insights gleaned from search and news trends and packages it up into top 10 lists, blog posts and videos. Looking at it from a social perspective, we knew we could make the year’s stories even more personal.
We had a lot of ideas, and ultimately created My Year In Review, a Facebook app that brings together the top headlines and images of the year with a user’s own activities in a timeline set to music. The experience is dynamic, beautiful, and emotional, bringing together moments you may have not thought of for month.
Depending on how heavy a Facebook user you are, the more times you play the experience, the more different versions you’ll see, with new pictures, news events, and timeline images to share.
Don’t just let me tell you about it, though – see your 2011 My Year In Review.
Tips for the best experience using My Year In Review:
- Allow all the required and optional Facebook app permissions for the most personalized experience. The app will not post any stories to Facebook without your initiation and it does not store any of your data.
- Turn on your computer speakers so you can hear the music.
- Play again to see different views of your year. Depending on how heavy a Facebook user you are, the more times you play the experience, the more different versions you’ll see, with new pictures, news events, and new timeline images to share.
- Share with your friends and family, and add tags for the people that show up in your shared timeline photos.
Happy New Year!