Thursday, May 24, 2012

Reminiscing with the Facebook Timeline

I know many of you hate the Facebook Timeline. I hated it so much that when Facebook forced me to switch, I used this as my cover photo:

Created by yours truly. Feel free to use it, if you'd like.
The photo area is jacked up, but it still works.

I couldn't believe that people were willingly switching over to the Timeline layout. It looked like a bunch of crap slapped on to a page with a calendar on the side. I didn't know how to use it. I didn't care to learn. Needless to say, it was frustrating!

I stopped using Facebook for a few days when they switched me over, but of course, being the Facebook addict that I am, that didn't last long. I broke down and started tinkering with it. And while I still miss the old profile, I've found that Timeline makes reminiscing much simpler. No more scrolling through hundreds of posts to find that date I'm looking for. Now, I just click the year and the month, and I'm set.

Today, I utilized the Timeline layout and I went back through every single post. That's right. Two years worth of Facebooking. I wanted to relive some old memories. And Facebook helped me out. I think that, if I could, I would turn my statuses into a book. It'd make an awesome family heir. Think, "Our Family - The Facebook Era." I like the sound of that.

It would definitely make for an excellent story. I literally laughed at loud and expelled water from my nose and mouth when I read some of the old posts. Like the time I typed in "Touche," and a friend asked, "Don't you mean 'douche?'" Or the time that my sister and I realized that John Travolta and my dog share a striking resemblance.

I cringed at a few of the sad moments in football history, like when the Browns beat the Colts because Peyton Manning was out for the season, or when the Bengals traded Ochocinco to the Patriots.

I realized just how thankful I am when I read about moments in weather history, like when Carter and I slept through a tornado (only an EF-0, thank God) only two months after we moved into our new home, or when the 2010 ice storm hit and we were out of power for three days.

And then, there are those moments that make you think about the future of the world, like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the protests in the middle east, the Fukishima disaster, or the Occupy Wall Street movement.

It really is interesting to go back through and see what you were talking about during certain times of your life. And you'll probably notice that 2 years ago seems like it was just yesterday.

It's crazy how time flies!

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