On This Day – Facebook

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I awoke from a dream and didn’t know where I was. The hotel room looked like any ordinary Hilton, but when I peeled back the curtains, I saw the sprawling, dirty metropolis of Beijing.

And I remembered that I was 13 hours ahead– how far I had come, literally. Jetlagged, disoriented– not like the fantasy George Clooney in “Up In The Air”.

Another time, I’m in Minneapolis in my own bed, but it takes a few moments to wipe away the slumber and realize where I am. Being an entrepreneur is sometimes like a horror film that you don’t know the ending of, nor can publicly admit is scary.

My TravelPro carry-on remembers these cities and experiences, but is forever silent.

The “On This Day” feature of Facebook helps me relish the journey. It gives me balance– low moments when I need a dose of humility and reminders of past success when I need cheering up.

One year ago, you were doing something you probably don’t remember well today. But when reminded, the details come back in full HD.

It’s better than the times you move, pausing to rummage through stuff you hadn’t seen in a while. You cherish these memories and remind yourself to follow up on them.

Are you getting these flashbacks from Facebook more frequently in your newsfeed? Do you wish life was not a slideshow that would only accelerate faster and faster with no pause button.

Go to facebook.com/onthisday and remind yourself of how far you’ve come, my friend.


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About Dennis Yu

Dennis Yu is the Chief Technology Officer of BlitzMetrics. He is an internationally recognized lecturer in Facebook marketing, having been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, National Public Radio, TechCrunch, Fox News, and CBS Evening News. He is also a regular contributor for Adweek's SocialTimes column. Dennis has held leadership positions at Yahoo! and American Airlines. He studied Finance and Economics from Southern Methodist University and London School of Economics. Besides being a Facebook data and ad geek, you can find him eating chicken wings or playing Ultimate Frisbee in a city near you. You can contact him at dennis@blitzmetrics.com, his blog, or on Facebook.

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