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On the New Facebook Timeline

I haven’t seen it in action yet, just screenshots from people who have it enabled on their developer accounts. But, as Zuckerberg described the Timeline in his keynote I couldn’t help but think of a novel  from 11 years ago that I re-read this spring.

That would be “Turn of the Century” by Kurt Andersen, released in the midst of our First Big Tech Bubble of 1999, and in particular the protagonist George Mactier’s always-inventing brother-in-law who “proposes a chain of franchised, “mall-adjacent” cemeteries with video markers instead of headstones.”

Just like OnionSkin jeans in Super Sad True Love Story, Facebook Timeline-powered digital headstones are bound to happen. Bank on it.

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