Timeline of you and a friend on Facebook

In my search to find different ways I could view my photos from years gone by, I stumbled upon a well hidden feature in Facebook, Friendship Pages.   As far as I can tell, the feature was quietly released over 3 years ago in a Facebook blog post.  A Friendship Page is a timeline view of you and one of your friends, containing all the interactions you’ve had together on Facebook.  For example, a photo you are both in, or one of you is in a photo the other posted in Facebook.  There is a convenient link on the left that will let you see a album like view of all the photos of you and your friend.  The feature goes beyond photos into posts and other interactions people can have on Facebook.

Apparently at one point users could get to this page by a link on the sidebar in a friend’s timeline.  Not super convenient, but discoverable for those glancing around.  Now, the feature is hidden away under a gear icon which brings up a menu, containing a link to the feature.  This pretty much guarantees next to no one will ever find the feature.

See Friendship

Notice what else is in this menu?  The long forgotten Poke!  When was the last time you saw a Poke used? Its been a long time for me.  This menu is one of many places where features go to die on Facebook.  It’s a shame.  The Friendship view is a nice way to look back in time at the the relationship you have with another person, in the virtual world at least.

Birth of Sepia

It seems to only make sense to have the first blog post be what I am putting in the About section for this blog to set the context for the blog. So here it is…

I started Sepia because I have thousands of photos I never look at! Oddly enough, all my friends have the same problem. Social sites for sharing photos (Facebook, Instagram, and others) heavily favor viewing photos that are recently posted. This means the vast majority of photos I look at are from the past week or so. Other tools for photos involve managing and editing them. While that can be fun, it often sounds like a chore to me and turns of off from my photos. This is exactly the opposite reaction I want to have with my photos. I want to love them again!

One of the things I miss most about photos is looking at ones from years past and having a raw emotional reaction and flood of memories from that time. This is a very different experience from viewing photos from the past week. Over time, how I react to a photo changes, and the moments in life that have had a big impact on me become crystal clear when I look at them. My goal for this blog is to cover all aspects of simply enjoying the photos of my life.

Throwback Thursday

#TBT, #tbt, @ThrowbackThursday.  All variations on people digging deep into their photo archives searching for an interesting photo from days gone by.  I’ve been quite impressed with the number of photos I’ve seen from people that were taken before the age of digital photos.  This takes some effort to get the photos digitized and shared online.

Here is a photo I used for #tbt last week.  A picture from 2 years ago of my son pulling his older sister’s hair.  I commented that I was glad he was done with hair pulling now, only to see him pulling his sisters hair again 3 days later.  He’s growing up, but not out of the hair pulling phase yet I guess!

Hair pulling!

Hair pulling!

The potential of finding these photos in these modern days of digital photos all around us is so much easier, yet something many of us rarely do.  Many social networking sites and apps focus on the photos that friends and fans have recently posted.  For photos you have digitized, how do you find them when yearning for a blast form the past?