Now you can find all your mo­ments in one place. Face­book to launch ‘Mem­o­ries’ page

‘Mem­o­ries’ page to build off ‘On this Day’ fea­ture

USA TODAY US Edition - - MONEY - Jef­fer­son Gra­ham

LOS ANGELES – If you like those end­less reminders from Face­book about how long you’ve been on­line friends with some­one or what you did on this day in his­tory, you’ll love Mem­o­ries, a new fea­ture that’s be­ing added to the so­cial net­work.

If, how­ever, you find it an­noy­ing or un­com­fort­able to get up­dates about peo­ple who have died or pho­tos from a now-de­funct mar­riage, for in­stance, you might not be so keen.

Face­book has had an “On this Day” fea­ture since March 2015, and it’s vis­ited by 90 mil­lion peo­ple daily. This is a place where reminders about friends made, posts posted and the like have been avail­able for view­ing.

Now, the page is be­ing up­dated and rolled out glob­ally over the com­ing weeks. It is get­ting ad­di­tional fea­tures such as the “sin­gle place on Face­book to re­flect on the mo­ments you’ve shared with fam­ily and friends, in­clud­ing posts and pho­tos, friends you’ve made, and ma­jor life events.”

The new page adds reminders about friends made on this day, re­caps of mem­o­ries and up­dates of Face­book-gen­er­ated videos from the last seven days for peo­ple who might not have logged on in awhile.

While Face­book says this fea­ture is pop­u­lar, when we reached out to our Face­book friends, that sen­ti­ment was not shared.

Bill Wil­son, a Face­book user from the At­lanta area, says he needed to do some “ex­ten­sive work” to block th­ese no­ti­fi­ca­tions from pop­ping up.

“As a man who was di­vorced after a 23-year mar­riage, there are cer­tain mem­o­ries I’m no longer in­ter­ested in see­ing,” he says.

Anna Yan, a Los Angeles pub­li­cist, said the mem­o­ries fea­ture was “cute” when it orig­i­nally came out. “Time for a new gim­mick!”

Gail Roberts, an­other Los Angeles pub­li­cist, summed it up in two words: “So an­noy­ing.”

How­ever, Rick Broida, a Michi­gan­based writer, is a fan. “Truth­fully, this is the stuff I like about Face­book. What good is it if not to help you re­visit fond mem­o­ries?

In the blog post an­nounc­ing the new page, Face­book ad­mit­ted some mem­o­ries would not be pos­i­tive. “We try to lis­ten to feed­back and de­sign th­ese fea­tures so that they’re thought­ful and of­fer peo­ple the right con­trols that are easy to access.”

Specif­i­cally, if you don’t want to see a dead friend show up in your mem­ory pile or re­live times with an ex, Face­book says you can fix that, but it will take some work. If the dead friend is “memo­ri­al­ized,” he or she will not show up there. If they are not memo­ri­al­ized, you can filter out their name in set­tings, with­out un­friend­ing them.

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