You may have noticed your Facebook News Feed beginning to be filled with Year in Review posts. Once again Facebook is providing us with a year-end review of our posts on Facebook. This year’s review is different from last year’s. You won’t find a video but you will find a collection of photo collages you can customize to your liking.
Facebook is rolling out the Year in Review so don’t worry if you don’t have it yet, you’ll get it eventually. The good news is that you can get your Year in Review if you haven’t received your notice yet from Facebook.
Facebook Year in Review
If Facebook hasn’t delivered your Year in Review to you yet, head to facebook.com/yearinreview. Or you can click on a friend’s Year in Review and click on View Now at the bottom of the screen.
You’ll see a profile photo from your year at the top and a collection of photos from your year. Facebook groups them in collages of four photos with a caption at the top showing the time of year they were posted. You’ll also see a colorful theme for your Year in Review.
Facebook chooses your most popular photos you’ve posted and photos you were tagged in to generate the collages. You can scroll through to the bottom to see a visual timeline of your year. Your Year in Review is private unless you choose to share it (more on that below).
Editing Your Year in Review
Don’t panic if you don’t like your Year in Review. Facebook gives you lots of editing options. You can edit your Year in Review by clicking on the Customize button at the top and bottom of the screen.
Change your profile photo for your Year in Review as well as the photos in the collages and the text that appears. You can even add sections to your Year in Review to make the most of your edits.
Delete any photos you’d rather not have featured. You can add others you’ve posted to Facebook in place of the ones you’ve deleted. Don’t be fooled by Facebook’s instructions to “Choose 4 photos for each section.” You can choose to have one, two, three or four photos included in your collages.
You can also change the background theme for your Year in Review. Facebook gives you six colorful choices:
Try all six or choose the one that speaks to you. You can change your mind if you don’t like the one you chose.
Sharing Your Year in Review
After you’re satisfied that your Facebook Year in Review is the way you want it to be, you can share it with others. Note that after you share Your Year in review you can no longer edit it.
Click the green Share button at the top or bottom of the screen. You’re given the option to add text or you can just go with what Facebook suggests:
“It’s been a great year! Thanks for being a part of it.”
You can control who sees your Year in Review by clicking on the drop-down menu next to the Post button. Note that the sharing of any photos in your Year in Review will be restricted to the same audience as when the photo was posted. For example, if you share your Year in Review to the public but a picture you’re tagged in was restricted to the poster’s friends, the only people who will see the photo in your Year in Review are Facebook friends of the poster.
Have you received your Year in Review from Facebook or did you click on the link to find it yourself? Did you customize your Year in Review or were you satisfied with what Facebook created for you? Did you share your Year in Review with others? Let us know in the Comments section below!
Carolyn is away from the Internet trying to create new events for her Facebook Year in Review. Articles will continue to be published at The Wonder of Tech in her absence. She will return on January 5 to respond to comments.