The stories of Facebook-ers
Facebook, the revolutionary social networking website, has undoubtedly had an incredible impact on individuals’ lives. It has allowed people all over the globe to share their day-to-day happenings with each other in real time, be constantly connected, and find people they thought they might never speak to again. But Facebook has had positive effects on some users more than others.
The Facebook team created a site geared specifically at bringing to light the positive impact Facebook has had on the lives of its users. The recently launched website, www.facebookstories.com, promotes “people using Facebook in extraordinary ways”.
The website states that “Facebook Stories is a new site dedicated to sharing the extraordinary, quirky and thought-provoking stories and ideas from the more than 950 million people around the world who make up Facebook’s community”.
Each month, the site explores stories through videos, focusing on a different theme. This month, the theme is “remembering”. Browsing through various photo features on the social network, Facebook has aided individuals with an average memory capacity to recollect past occurrences that may otherwise have been forgotten.
This month, Mayank Sharma tells his story of how Facebook helped him recover his memory after he lost it all to meningitis. Sharma, from New Delhi, explains how he rediscovered his friend network with the “People You May Know” tool. He talks about how, due to his meningitis, he started forgetting things. “I couldn’t even get used to my own reflection,” he admits on the video. “I had absolutely no idea what relationships mean. That was my father, she was my mother, and he was my brother – I lost 27 years of experience,” he said.
“I started browsing on my computer through my history list and there was a website called Facebook on it. It suggested that these are people you may know, and that’s when the forgetfulness stopped. Memories, they’re not lost. They’re there somewhere. If I can identify a friend, I can identify the pieces of a puzzle,” he said.