Ever since its birth in 2004, Facebook has been a life-changer for some of its users. Many individual artists and bands credit their new-found success solely to Facebook. It has helped schoolmates find their old friends and plan for reunions; it has helped promote community togetherness and activities through Facebook Groups; it has helped kick start various companies/start-ups and boost their profits. And with many such stories, why not create a platform where people can share inspiring stories on how Facebook changed their lives? Welcome to Facebook Stories, a Facebook initiative which features ‘extraordinary, quirky and thought-provoking stories and ideas from more than 950 million people around the world who make up Facebook’s community’.
These stories relate to one’s personal or professional life coupled with insights on how Facebook and its usage provided for a positive change. Facebook users can submit their own experiences which may be featured in the next upcoming installment. Facebook Stories features inspiring tales based on a theme which changes every month. The theme for August 2012 is ‘memories’.
This month, Facebook Stories highlights an interesting story of Mayank Sharma, a 29-year-old man from New Delhi, India, who lost his entire memory after contracting tubercular meningitis. As he recovered, Sharma used Facebook’s People You May Know feature to connect with his pals and acquaintances. The connections he developed sent him notes and mementos to help him recover and get back on with his life. Also featured is a small group of passionate folks from Guelph, Ontario who are tapping into the community’s collective memory to save a local building which is in worn state due to negligence.
Apart from stories, users can also make good use of features like the ‘Bookshelf’ which features a Goodreads list of books that helps one to dig deep into each month’s theme, the ‘Playlist’ which uses Spotify to allow a user to explore different genres of music curated by inspiring artists and the ‘Reading List’ that provides exclusive access to the archives of some of the world’s best storytellers like The New Yorker.