‘A Look Back’: Facebook creates a nostalgic custom video using your life

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of Facebook’s founding. As creator Mark Zuckerberg reflects on the last 10 years with his company, he and his team are urging users to do the same. The social network has created a custom plugin that highlights how you’ve spent your time with the platform.

Starting today, Facebook users will be notified that a video summary of their Facebook lives is ready for viewing on the web and mobile. The “Look Back” video, as the network calls it, contains about 20 of the user’s most-liked photos, statuses, and life events set to some nostalgic music. It’s really cheesy but quite interesting to see the sum of one’s life according to Facebook in the last 10 (or in my case seven) years on Facebook.

The video is really a sentimental “thank you card” from Facebook to its 1.2-billion users, a little token to let them know that the last 10 years would not have been possible without them. So go have a look back at your life on the world’s largest social network.

In a Facebook post today, Zuckerberg reflected that it is special to be able to affect so many people via one platform.

“It’s been an amazing journey so far, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. It’s rare to be able to touch so many people’s lives, and I try to remind myself to make the most of every day and have the biggest impact I can.”

For the tech billionaire, watching how the userbase has grown and seeing how people use the platform has been a particular highlight:

“It’s been amazing to see how all of you have used our tools to build a real community,” he wrote. “You’ve shared the happy moments and the painful ones. You’ve started new families, and kept spread-out families connected. You’ve created new services and built small businesses. You’ve helped each other in so many ways.”

The challenge for the Zuck in the next 10 years isn’t about getting more people on his platform but getting more people online through his Internet.org project.

“Today, only one-third of the world’s population has access to the internet. In the next decade, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to connect the other two-thirds,” he wrote.

Update: Wish you could edit your Look Back video? Facebook has confirmed it is working on it.

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  • Marie Jeansonne

    i accidentally deleted my “A look back: video and I don’t know how to get it back. Can anyone help me

  • Allison

    I did the same and want the same answer!!

  • Michie Doan

    I have another issue: I joined facebook since 2007. However, I just deactivated facebook some months ago due to exam stress. Upon my return to facebook last week after 3 months missing, my look-back feature now just shows a collage of 6 or so pictures of mine…Did facebook accidentally comprehend that my account is only one week old due to the last deactivation, therefore did not prepare a video for me? Could
    someone please show me how to contact facebook technical support team to get
    answer? Thank you very much!

  • Karina Alcazar de Carbajal

    I WAS ABLE TO SEE MY VIDEO ON MY CELK PHONE AND DIDN’T SHARE IT :(
    When I TRIED VIEWING IT AGAIN ON MY COMPUTER ONLY SHOWED ME 6 PUCTURES BUT NO VIDEO :( HOW CAN I GET BACK AND VIEE AND SHARE MY LOOKBACK VIDEO?

  • Mich Atagana

    Hi guys, just click the “look back” link and you should be able to get it back again.

  • anam

    i also do the same yar how can i get it back

  • anam

    i do this but it don’t come back :’(

  • ayezha

    i cannot create my own look back can you help me

  • Dominik Szymański

    i do this but it don’t come back :’(
    I only see Thanks, Dominik
    Mark and team facebook

  • Meljan Gildo Largo

    Me too i accidentally delete. :’(

  • tintucraju
  • Sevinç Alkan

    I WAS ABLE TO SEE MY VIDEO ON PC AND DIDN’T SHARE IT
    AFTER VIEWING IT AGAIN ON MY COMPUTER ONLY SHOWED ME 6 PICTURES BUT NO VIDEO :( HOW CAN I GET BACK AND VIEW AND SHARE MY LOOKBACK VIDEO?

  • Dominik Szymański

    My lookback now

  • michele

    me too, i cannot get mine!

  • michele

    i do that too, the answer is thank you etc….

  • Sevinç Alkan

    I had a video at first – then after going back to it later it has gone and now just pics I didn’t share it at first either and can’t get it back now

  • sonu

    Hai mee tto deleted accidently this video anyone can help me!!!

  • marisol

    Omg… mines doesn’t give the option to see or share…can some1 help me??

  • Sevinç Alkan

    I saw the video. Liked it but one photo which i deleted, when i returned to check the video it was goneeee!!! Can i get it back?

  • Luz Cruz

    Happens to me to , I get. et once, and them, is gone.

  • Gabidon Lionesos Wulffwoof

    that was anti-climatic

  • Gabidon Lionesos Wulffwoof

    why? its so pointless! why does your message have more likes?

  • Gabidon Lionesos Wulffwoof

    its crap anyways give up

  • Sue

    Before I shared I deleted some of the real ugly pictures now I have nothing:( anyone know how to fix it

  • Sue

    Me to

  • Chuah Yeong Shen

    You may go to to this fb webpage: https://www.facebook.com/getlookbackvideo?ref=ts&fref=ts

    Refer to the posted note, follow the procedures and you may get back your video as I did.

    https://www.facebook.com/notes/get-lookback-video-back/procedure-to-get-the-video-for-firefox-and-chrome/777831505578227

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