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Facebook Launch Combined ‘Memories’ Feature

In an official post dated Monday 11th June, Facebook announced that they will be taking existing features including ‘On This Day’ and ‘Friendversaries’ and combining them in a brand new page called ‘Memories’. Features such as ‘On This Day’ have long proven popular with Facebook’s users, with the company claiming that more than 90 million people make use of the feature each day; with that in mind collating these many interconnected facets within a single easy to find place simply makes sense.

The new ‘Memories’ page will include the following subsections:
  • On This Day: The content that you know and love will still be available within this section, showing your past posts and major life events from this date.
  • Friends Made On This Day: This section will include a list of friends you made on this date in the past, including special videos or collages that celebrate your friendversaries.
  • Recaps of Memories: This section will feature seasonal or monthly recaps of memories that have been bundled into a message or short video.
  • Memories You May Have Missed: If you haven’t checked your memories lately, this section will show you the posts that you might have missed from the past week.
The change could well have a positive impact beyond Facebook’s own user figures and finances, as recent research has suggested that such acts of reflection can actually have a positive impact on the user’s mood and emotional wellbeing – two important considerations on which social media as a whole is often accused of having a largely negative effect.

While Facebook are of course focusing on the positive here, they do recognise that not all memories are positive. While the passing of a relative for example is often posted to Facebook if only to notify friends and family of funeral arrangements and does often garner a lot of attention and reactions, thereby making the post attractive to Facebook’s algorithms, you’re unlikely to want reminding of this solemn yet sorrowful occasion. In an effort to prevent such posts from appearing within what is supposed to be an uplifting subsection of the platform, Facebook say they will “try to listen to feedback and design these features so that they’re thoughtful and offer people the right controls that are easy to access”. How successful that will prove to be remains to be seen.

As for how to access the ‘Memories’ page, this can be found in place of ‘On This Day’ through the Memories bookmark either to the left of your News Feed on your computer or in the “more” tab on the bottom right of your mobile app.



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Facebook Launch Combined ‘Memories’ Feature Reviewed by Sam Bonson on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Rating: 5
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