OMG!! Wow! 2014 Was such a great year….for some. Not all are happy that Facebook has elected to let you relive all your past memories of your year. Eric Myer is not one of those people.
Source: Gawker: Facebook now admits that forcing people to revisit their most Liked and commented upon photos and statuses from the past year might not have been the best idea. This week, the product manager for the social media company’s “Year in Review” app apologized to Eric Meyer, whose six-year-old daughter died of brain cancer earlier this year. On Christmas eve, Meyer, a web design consultant and writer, published a blog post in which he described how Facebook’s algorithm forced him to view a preview of his “Year in Review” post, the cover photo of which was an image of his daughter surrounded by clip art
of balloons and people dancing.
From Meyer’s post:
And I know, of course, that this is not a deliberate assault. This inadvertent algorithmic cruelty is the result of code that works in the overwhelming majority of cases, reminding people of the awesomeness of their years, showing them selfies at a party or whale spouts from sailing boats or the marina outside their vacation house.
But for those of us who lived through the death of loved ones, or spent extended time in the hospital, or were hit by divorce or losing a job or any one of a hundred crises, we might not want another look at this past year.
To show me Rebecca’s face and say “Here’s what your year looked like!” is jarring. It feels wrong, and coming from an actual person, it would be wrong. Coming from code, it’s just unfortunate. These are hard, hard problems. It isn’t easy to programmatically figure out if a picture has a ton of Likes because it’s hilarious, astounding, or heartbreaking.
Thanks Facebook for telling us what we like and don’t like all the time.
Be Just and Fear Not