Facebook is 10, and to celebrate its birthday it invited everyone to ‘Look Back‘ at their time on the social networking site. The automagically created video for each person pulled together their first moments, their most-liked updates, and a selection of photos. Which made the Facebook ‘Look Back’ videos perfect for parodying. As usual, the Internet delivered.
Facebook Look Back: Privacy
Facebook has evolved considerably through its first decade of existence. As it has grown, changed, and introduced new features such as the Timeline, the site’s privacy settings have been updated, sometimes very quietly. This ‘Look Back’ parody plays on the changing privacy policies of Facebook, with the user getting bogged down having to accept changes every time they want to actually share something with their friends.
Facebook Look Back: Honesty
Facebook has tried its hardest with the ‘Look Back’ videos to show the highlights of each person’s time on the site, but this means most don’t honestly reflect a true Facebook experience. This video claims to do a better job of it, showing an honest version of the Facebook ‘Look Back’ video. From pokes from parents to accidental clicks on ads, this pretty much nails it.
Facebook Look Back: Reality
This is another attempt at showing a more honest portrayal of most people’s time on Facebook, with a dose of reality being introduced to proceedings. Those first moments on Facebook are translated into moments that will haunt you “at job interviews for the rest of your life,” annoying status updates are highlighted, and the “profiles you’ve stalked” are revealed.
Facebook Look Back: Neanderthal
Facebook has been with us for 10 years, but imagine if it had been around for half a million years. And that Neanderthals, referred to here as “cavemen,” had joined. Actually, you don’t need to imagine, as the creator of this video has done the hard work for you. The numbers may be slightly off, but it’s funny nonetheless.
Facebook Look Back: Bieber
In case you weren’t already aware, the Internet hates Justin Bieber. This Facebook ‘Look Back’ parody video is further proof of this hatred for the Canadian pop tart, imagining how his time as a celebrity could be condensed down to just a minute. The devolution from adorable singing prodigy to teenage dirtbag is swift and without compromise. Bieber’s sexuality is also called into question, because Internet.
Facebook Look Back: Putin
With Facebook debuting ‘Look Back’ in the same week that the 2014 Winter Olympics began in Sochi, Russia, a parody involving Vladimir Putin was predictable. It shows an alternative take on Putin’s recent years, with a hefty dose of homoerotism on display. This is thanks to the anti-gay agenda currently dominating in Russia.
Facebook Look Back: Bizarre
I’m not sure words can adequately describe this particular Facebook ‘Look Back’ parody video, but seeing as MakeUseOf doesn’t pay me to sit here with my fingers merely hovering over my keyboard, I guess I’ll have to try. It’s bizarre, to say the least, with a mix of odd photos and even odder status updates picked out. Yeah, that’ll do.
Facebook Look Back: Luddite
The final Facebook ‘Look Back’ parody is perhaps the most creative on the list. Rather than do what everyone else has done — which is create mock-ups using video editing software — this guy went the Luddite route, moving his camera over paper printouts instead. He nails it, with just the right mix of authenticity and amateurishness.
These are the best Facebook ‘Look Back’ parodies uploaded to the Internet so far, but there are sure to be many more added to the pile in the coming weeks and months. If you see a Facebook ‘Look Back’ parody that makes you laugh out loud, feel free to post a link to it (as well as some words of wisdom) in the comments section below.
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