Do you remember what you were doing a year ago today? Two years ago today? Facebook has recently released a feature that shows what you posted as your status exactly one or two years previous to the current date.
Sounds like a cool idea at first, but then I started thinking about things that people post on their statuses.
For some days, I’m sure this feature is great. Reading a status about a great weekend that you had, a shopping trip, a family vacation, or a friend’s wedding can bring back some great memories. What about the not-so-great ones? Facebook is a great way to keep in contact with friends and family, and I often see status updates about people’s family or friends who have been in a tragic accident or who have passed away. These are not things that we need to be reminded of by Facebook.
If you’re interested in exploring this feature, it occasionally pops up in the top, right-hand corner of your page, where you would see friends’ birthdays or suggested friends. You will also be shown past status updates from your friends. There are still some kinks in this feature, as it is fairly new (only released in the past few days).
It is unsure if this feature has a purpose or if it is just another feature for users to engage with Facebook. It may even be a way to remind users that they have invested a lot of time into Facebook to keep them from switching to something new and different.