Suffering From Total Amnesia? Facebook Has an App for That

'People You May Know' jogs one man's memory

Facebook last week introduced Facebook Stories, a site "dedicated to sharing the extraordinary, quirky and thought-provoking stories and ideas from the more than 950 million people around the world who make up Facebook's community." The site, which of course is also a marketing tool, launched with the video below, which certainly doesn't undersell Facebook's utility. In fact, it suggests Facebook can restore a fully meaningful life to anyone who's had a frightening medical emergency resulting in total amnesia. Yes, Mayank Sharma of New Delhi, India, contracted tubercular meningitis in 2010, and it somehow wiped clean his 27 years of memory. But thanks to Facebook's People You May Know feature, he started piecing his life back together. (And to think some people find People You May Know annoying.) It's a nice little video, even though obviously it has nothing to do with the vast majority of users' experiences. In any case, Facebook now wants to hear your story for possible use in a flashy upcoming video. Better make it good.