MySocialBook Lets You Page Through the Chapters of Your Online Life
I’m not an easy guy to get presents for. I’m old enough that I don’t need the essentials, I have plenty of tech gadgets, and I’m generally not an object-oriented person.
But last weekend, my wife, Nicki, surprised me with a birthday gift I never saw coming: a gorgeous hardbound book of my life, as recorded on Facebook.
It’s called MySocialBook, and it’s from a company that does exactly what it sounds like: With a few clicks, it lets you order a physical book that is, in essence, an attractively designed printout of your Facebook history, as far back as 2007. It contains all your posts and all the comments on them.
It’s such a cool idea, with so much potential appeal to so many people, that I thought I’d review it, flaws and all (with Nicki’s encouragement, I should add).
You have a good amount of control. You can specify the time range included. The average Facebook member generates 100 pages a year, but you could restrict it to the dates of, say, a honeymoon or a vacation.
You can choose hardcover or softcover. And you can omit posts that don’t seem worth including. The resulting prices range from $11 (softcover, 25 pages — the minimum) to $162 (hardcover, 500 pages — the maximum).
What’s fantastic for the sender is that the whole thing is automatic. You don’t have to spend hours laying out the book; it’s done for you, in a handsome, magazine-style, two-column format.