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Facebook creates personalised Look Back videos for every user

10th Birthday celebrated with a gift to you

by Mark Hodgkinson Feb 4, 2014 at 10:20 AM


  • Facebook is 10 years old and to celebrate they’ve created something, just for you.
    Beginning this morning, Facebook users all over the globe will receive an invitation to view a "Look Back" compilation, containing some of their most-liked photos, statuses, and events.

    OK, it’s a bit schmaltzy but if you are one that shares some of your most personal moments and events on the social networking site, you may just find yourself getting all emotional over your morning coffee.

    A team at Facebook has spent the last few months making sure the videos worked and that the site had the necessary web resources to deliver HD videos, to literally millions of users, so make sure you click on the HD button at the bottom right of the video window.
    You might need tissues at the ready

    Nick Kwiatek, Facebook's engineering lead on the project, said Look Back has been one of their largest video projects of all time.

    "One of the things that motivated us was that there's really only a handful of companies that could take on something like this — that could render videos for as many people as we can."

    Kwiatek’s team have spent the last few weeks optimising servers for the unusual load and have somehow cut down the time required to render one video from 17 minutes to just one.

    How it will work out for you is, of course, totally dependent on what you post up to Facebook but, be warned, those of you with kids might want to do this in private.

    Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/lookback

    Let us know how your ‘Look Back’ worked out in the comments below.

    Via: The Verge

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