About nine years ago, a friend sent me a message on AIM as I was sitting at my standard-issue dorm room desk — something akin to, "You should join this thing." After politely asking my roommate to turn down "Naughty Girl" — which blared as she got ready to go out to one of our campus' more lenient bars — I obliged.
"This thing" was Facebook and it seemed far cooler than Friendster, on which I only had two friends: my sister and my mom. I put up a profile photo featuring me all decked out in my poofy white prom dress — ringlet curls spilling down my shoulders — and the rest, as the cliche says, was history.
Facebook is now 10 years old, and I've uploaded a lot since I first logged on not long after its initial launch. And, to commemorate my time on the service, Tuesday (February 4), the social networking site served me — and the rest of its more than one billion users — with a customized video featuring the history of my time on FB.
Yup — it's all there: From a grainy photo of some 8-year-old Christmas tree, to my junior year roommate Patrick playing around with his new incense burner, to the status I posted when I first started working at MTV. Old photos, old conversation snatches, old memories — all scored by some seriously sentimental piano music.
According to The Verge, the videos were created by a small team at Facebook, who spent months working on the tools to create enough vids to go around. It takes about one minute to create a single video.
The project's engineering lead, Nick Kwiatek, told The Verge that it was one of Facebook's biggest video projects to date.
"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," he said.
What was your top Facebook moment?