Néo: TIME TRAVEL! Back to the future with the internet
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1. I TRAVELLED THROUGH TIME WITH FACEBOOK TIMELINE


I time travelled, seriously. How did I do it? Thanks to Facebook’s new feature, which will allow everybody to walk around their memories…

HOW TO ACTIVATE FACEBOOK TIMELINE

Even though Facebook Timeline hasn’t been released to the public yet, there’s a really easy trick you can use to activate it: you just need to sign up with a ‘developer’ account, following one of the many tutorials you can find online (click on the link at the end of this paragraph). It’s just a few easy steps: go on the page developers.facebook.com and install the application Developer, then click on ‘create application’. You’ll be requested to fill a form, but you can use made up names. When you’re done, click on ‘Open Graph’ on the pop up menu on the left, again, be creative in filling the form and click on ‘First steps’. You can leave the optional configuration, scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on ‘Save changes and Next’ and proceed, skipping the following pages. Now when you access your Facebook profile, you should automatically be invited to activate Facebook Timeline.

Video: HOW TO ACTIVATE FACEBOOK TIMELINE BEFORE ITS RELEASE (TUTORIAL) (3 minutes)

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MY JOURNEY IN TIME

I’m about to start my adventure in time. I scroll down the Timeline and see the date of my subscription: 29th of November 2008. I didn’t think it had been this long, I remember that I was slightly sceptical about signing up. Back at the time, Mark Zuckerberg’s social network was absolute novelty. Newspapers and TVNews were constantly talking about it in Italy: the big crisis had just broken out in the Western world and they had found a new way of finding free pictures and news. I scroll up, read the first comments my friends left on my wall to welcome me. One of them wrote ‘Now I will send you thousands of tests to take’: they were really popular in that period. I find cases of girls that were literally addicted to tests. The stupidest things as well, like: ‘What puppet would you be? Your result: Hello Kitty!’. But the funniest thing is that there was also the group ‘Those who are against Facebook’s stupid tests!’, which joined the endless list of ‘those who…’ groups. Thinking about it, Facebook has improved a lot since then.

Video: INTRODUCTION TO FACEBOOK TIMELINE (1 minute)

See how you’ll be able to scroll through your life with this video.

MY FIRST VIDEO’S PREMIERE

Today you sign up to Facebook to find new friends or to flirt, but for me it was the exact opposite. I read a comment my girlfriend at the time left on my wall: ‘it was about time’. I realise it was her who convinced me to sign up, that is –judging by the comment- to force me! I read through other comments. It really feels like I’m back in the past: I’m inviting my friends to the premiere of my first TV spot at Teatro Moderno, for the short movie Festival ‘Pontino’. Luca reassures me saying that they’ll all be there for me. I manage to find the video and enjoy watching it again. It was an institutional campaign on safety norms in workplaces which I did in collaboration with my high school. I didn’t win the competition in the end, but to be shortlisted in the finals was already a huge achievement. Lorenzo, rejected actor, writes: ‘when will you make a new movie? Remember to give me a good part!’.

Video: THIS IS THE SPOT (1,45 minutes)

Safety norms and regulations in workplaces cannot be a joke. When will the new movie be out?

MY FRIEND WAS RIGHT

I scroll further up: a new pop up window tells me that I got my diploma, almost as some kind of form of congratulation. I’m caught by a wave of nostalgia: it’s the end of an era of my life. You can see that 2010 was the beginning of a new adventure also from the number of my friends, which increases of 183 in just one year. I take a look at the photo albums: places I visited and didn’t even remember, the journey in Greece with my old schoolmates after graduation. I haven’t seen some of them in ages, I wonder what they’re up to now. I remember lots of episodes related to that journey: the mighty races with the quads, the battles against massive insects, the last minute run we made to take the ferry back. Among the many messages I stop to read one in particular. A friend of mine writes that I will regret not listening to her in a couple of years. After two years I can see that she was right. Perhaps the real danger of Facebook Timeline is not breach of privacy, but to provoke memories. And regrets.

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