Have you ever wished you could go back in time to the most beautiful moments you shared with your family and friends at a certain point? Have you ever been curious what you were doing 2 years ago today? Well Facebook has just launched a brand new feature that allows you to virtually travel back in time and see what you posted this day as many years back as you have had your account on the social platform.
The new feature, suggestively entitled “On This Day”, was surprisingly launched last night, probably as a sneak-preview of the developers’ conference F8 held by Facebook every year. Facebook began testing this feature about two years back, which allowed you to check on all kinds of posts recorded on a specific date and also other photos, check-ins and statuses you were tagged in on that day.
Facebook product manager Jonathan Gheller wrote in a blog post which announced its launch that “People often look back at old photos and other memories they’ve shared on Facebook, and many have told us that they enjoy products and features that make this easier.”
Therefore, Facebook users can start using this feature today, by visiting the social network on their desktop computers or on their mobile phones. Well, at least some users. As the feature is still developing, only a part of Facebooks accounts have this feature available to them, but those who do now have an option to view an “On This Day” page, or access the link Facebook.com/OnThisDay and enjoy the new feature. Reported to be quite similar to the Timehop app, On This Day allows you to subscribe to notifications so you can remember to go back to the page on a daily basis. By default, the On This Day feed can be seen only by the specific user accessing it.
Still, the process could prove to be quite painful for some nostalgic Facebook users. To avoid any undesired memories coming back to you, Facebook has filtered posts by avoiding relationship statuses that have changed in the meantime and also posts tagged with friends who possibly have passed away in that year.
The annual F8 conference was scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. ET in San Francisco. Internet users who want to view the conference at home can do so, but they need to register to view the live-stream.
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