Facebook has always been very interesting to me. Its privacy settings are constantly up for public scrutiny. New apps and features are being added every day that make you feel like Big Brother or Big Sister is watching.
One feature in particular has caught my eye lately, and while at first I was unsure how I felt about it, I’ve decided that I actually like it. It’s called “On This Day In…” Basically, it’s a way for Facebook to remind you of how you felt on a given day in the past. For example, if you posted on August 24, 2010 that you just finished running seven miles, Facebook will remind you of that on August 24, 2011.
Now if that isn’t a great form of exercise motivation, I’m not sure what is. Not saying whether or not that actually happened to me
The reason I bring this up is because this morning I was reminded of two things from my past.
One could not be more different from the other, don’t you think?
On August 27, 2009, I announced on the blog that I had officially gotten my first job offer out of college. In that post, I thanked all of you for helping me get said job, and I still stand by that wholeheartedly. At the time, the agency I was working for valued candidates who lived and breathed social media. My blog and my readers were living proof that I was qualified.
One year later, on August 27, 2010, I was no longer working for the agency I ooh-ed and ahh-ed over on my Facebook page one year earlier. My own company, POP! Social Media, was in full swing and, in my personal life, I was less than 50 days away from my wedding. The status update on Facebook came after I had traveled to Arizona and tried on my wedding dress for the final fitting. I was giddy!
My point with all this is not to say hey everyone, look at all the excitement that apparently happens on August 27! As it stands, I am so far spending my August 27, 2011 sitting on my couch in my pajamas at 10:30 a.m., on my second mug of Coffee Cocoa. Bobby is studying for a finance test that is way over my head. In other words, things are not very glamorous around here. 😉
Instead, I just hope this post conveys what a difference a year can make. These particular status updates were all positive events in my life, but the same theory applies to the not-so-great, negative moments, as well. If I’m ever having a bad day and feel as though the situation I’m in is the terrible horrible worst thing ever, I always take a step back and imagine how I’ll feel about said crisis one year from now. Chances are, I will have moved on to other things. They may not always be bigger and better things, but I can guarantee they will be and new and different because life is always changing.
Chances are, I will have forgotten all about the terrible horrible worst thing ever.
Unless, of course, I log on to Facebook.
Thanks, Big Brother.
Wishing you all a terrific wonderful best thing ever Saturday, August 27, 2011!