Eventually Facebook is going to get some kind of status update retrospective figured out, but the latest test version still isn’t it.
“On This Day In” appears to have usurped Memorable Status Update and Memorable Stories over the past month or so.
This iteration reminds us of a third-party application called PastPost, which shows what you did on Facebook one year ago, to the day — only the app presents you with this information via email.
While it’s kind of cute to see status updates from a year or two ago, “On This Day In” doesn’t provide a comprehensive look at all of a user’s activity on the day in question.
And the test feature alternates between showing your own status updates and those of a single friend — but you have no ability to choose which friends’ statuses you get to see, nor the year.
We would rather see Facebook improve upon a much more informative third-party application that looks at past status updates: StatusHistory shows you which of your past status updates have been most popular, based on likes, comments or both.
Now if Facebook could deliver that, and then up the ante by also letting users look up the most popular status updates of anyone on your friend list or any page that you’re a fan of, that would be a tremendous hit with both individuals and businesses alike.
After all, who doesn’t want to improve the popularity of status updates on Facebook? We would all learn a great deal about engagement this way.
Surely Facebook has the ability to provide such a feature to everyone on the site — so perhaps it’s not being offered yet for a strategic reason. Whatever it is, we can’t figure out why.
And yet the site wants some kind of status update look-back, since Facebook has been testing this type of feature at least since late 2010.
Readers, would you like to be able see which status updates are the most popular?