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My 2013 on Facebook

Facebook is loathsomely opaque when it comes to retrieving information about any discussions you've been involved with. But they are featuring a "Year in Review" app which delivers supposedly your 20 top posts from 2013, mine being as follows:

The official White House reply to a petition to build the Death Star.
(21 January; 23 likes, 2 comments, 6 shares)

Danijela's birthday
(22 January; 32 likes, 7 comments)

"Under a car park?"
(4 February; 62 likes, 5 comments, 41 shares)

My pictures from Gallifrey One
(21 February; 14 likes, 10 comments)

The illuminated Atomium
(9 March; 30 likes, 2 comments, 1 share)

Being Clement Attlee
(17 April; 21 likes, 11 comments)

Vintage Dutch safety posters
(10 May; 14 likes, 4 comments, 3 shares)

Combined joy
(18 May; 20 likes, 1 comment)

GRRM vs JKR
(3 June; 16 likes, 7 comments, 4 shares)

William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke
(28 June; 15 likes, 8 comments)

"the Croats have us by the throat"
(2 July; 12 likes, 2 comments, 2 shares)

South Sudan [in happier times]
(9 July; 32 likes, 2 comments)

Office drinks
(23 July; 22 likes, 6 comments)

Miley Cyrus
(27 August; 11 likes, 7 comments)

Tom Baker's biggest memory of Doctor Who
(14 November; 40 likes, 1 comment, 6 shares - this was a much bigger hit on Twitter)

My son and I appear in the Five(ish) Doctors
(24 November; 44 likes, 12 comments)

Berlaymont flags at half-mast for Mandela
(6 December; 46 likes, 3 comments)

My Christmas present
(24 December; 48 likes, 16 comments)

Happy Christmas!
(25 December; 84 likes, 3 comments)

Family portrait
(25 December; 209 likes, 38 comments)

The algorithm doesn't seem to include the last 24 hours' worth of posts; I've had an extraordinary viral success overnight with a snapshot of a New Statesman article about the Daily Mail which I found on Twitter and uploaded to Facebook - it has now been shared 111 times, apparently, but only 11 of those are by people I know (one of whom, admittedly, is an MEP). Also 53 likes (which is more than all but three of the above) and 10 comments. I would of course prefer if Facebook would give me access to my own data so I could crunch it to my own satisfaction. This is what will doom them in the end. I hope.

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mair_aw
Dec. 28th, 2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
Is the data they give you with their "download your facebook archive" tool not sufficient? (Haven't tried it)

http://readwrite.com/2013/02/01/how-to-backup-your-facebook-data-in-5-easy-steps#awesm=~orl7HH1ZCfzS74
nwhyte
Dec. 29th, 2013 11:56 am (UTC)
Thanks, I did try this - see subsequent post.
londonkds
Dec. 28th, 2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
Saw an article on the Guardian yesterday suggesting that the younger generation are now avoiding Facebook because their parents are on it, both because of justifiable fear of having the more disreputable aspects of their social life observed and a general feeling that anything your parents are into is uncool.
redfiona99
Dec. 29th, 2013 11:48 am (UTC)
It is interesting to see what will happen with Facebook because it's the only one of the big social media thingies that tries to tie you to your real name.
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