A cherished family photo

2 10 2011

1949

Just traveling down the layers of memory lane this morning. Nah, just kidding. I don’t think I really remember the occasion of my birth, though I might try. I’m looking for a photo for the Timeline on my Facebook profile page. How about this one? It shows my Chinese mother Fo-Tsin, my maternal grandmother Siu-Chin carrying the infant me, and my Hawaiian-Chinese father Arthur. 

The new Timeline starts with the display type “Born.” (I’ve been playing with the preview version, so there’s a chance when it’s released tomorrow — allegedly — it may be different.) “Born” looks a little lonely all by itself. While remembering that Facebook can only manage my information if I provide it, I think it will be fine to share this image, even though I’m now revealing my age.

The Timeline feature will likely have Facebook fans in a tizzy about privacy. I think the new tools are fun. People who work it right can essentially write their obituary using the Timeline. Then family members and friends won’t have to research their lives when the time comes. At least that’s how I see it!

Or you can stretch your creativity and tell a different story. Facebook’s idea is that the more we share with each other, the more “social” we are, the more we will become One.

Copyright 2011 Rebekah Luke
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