People mainly came together to rally around disasters and tragedies. Yesterday, Facebook unveiled its annual Year in Review, which highlights the biggest moments of 2017. And, unsurprisingly, most of them are pretty depressing, confirming what we all already knew: The year 2017 was pretty terrible. Facebook tries to spin it as "highlighting the top ways people came together on Facebook to support one another," but the list of events makes it clear that the year was just one terrible thing after another. The release mentions the violence in Las Vegas, the Mexico earthquake (which drove the highest number of interactions with Facebook's Crisis Response feature), the Manchester terror attack (the benefit concert was the most viewed live broadcast and video on Facebook) and Hurricane Harvey (the biggest fundraising for one crisis). The Year in Review also highlights women's issues with both the Women's March on DC and International Women's Day, which was the top moment discussed in 2017. Finally, the social network highlights the Super Bowl and the total solar eclipse (which I maintain is a big deal) as big events of the year. If you're interested in your year in review, you can access your video on Facebook. Starting today, visit facebook.com/yearinreview for your personalized version of 2017 (though, at the time of this writing, the feature isn't live.)
As the year comes to a close, annual wrap-ups are most companies favorite way of reminding us just how much we love using their services. Unfortunately, Facebooks Year In Review videos have the opposite effect on me. So prepare yourself because as of today, theyre back once again to clog up our newsfeed. Unlike Spotifys Yearly Wrapped playlist, Facebooks Year in Review videos always highlight the worst moments. Worse, theyre blended over a forgettable and utterly cheesy soundtrack. Populated using new friends youve made, happy birthdays you received, your most popular pictures and more social detritus to annoy your friends with , Facebook does a fabulous job at making your life seem like a terrible advertisement. Whats the point again? To view your depressing video, make sure youre logged into Facebook and head to https://www.facebook.com/yearinreview2017. Dont be alarmed if you get the below message. As I found out for myself, not everyones Year In Review is available at this very moment. Be thankful. Its true that some years are better than others. But each brings something to look back on and be thankful for. Year In Review videos, however, dont make me thankful; they make me want to delete my account.