year in review
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Year in Review is a feature on some silos (like Facebook) as well as being a special kind of article on some IndieWeb sites that summarizes important aspects of the past year. In some sense these posts are derivative of and similar to handwritten letters that families might include in annual holiday cards sent to families and friends detailing their major annual updates.
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Zoetica Ebb published a "Year in Review for 2015:
- 2015-12-22 Disembarking the Torpedo: Goodbye 2015
Eric A. Meyer has been posting "Year in Review" posts since at least 2015:
- 2015-12-24 A “Year in Review” Review
which itself discusses Facebook's feature of the same name.
Ben Werdmüller has been posting "Year in Review" posts since at least 2015:
- 2015-12-28 My 2016 year in review
Ariel Waldman published a "Year in Review for 2015:
- 2016-01-02 2015
Willow Bl00 published a "Year in Review for 2015:
- 2016-01-09 2015 in review
Chris Aldrich published an IndieWeb-specific "Year in Review" on his anniversary
- http://boffosocko.com/2017/04/25/today-is-my-third-indieweb-anniversary/ Today is my Third IndieWeb Anniversary]
Aaron Parecki published a Year in Review post for 2017
gRegor Morrill published a post with some of his 2017 highlights
Jeremy Keith published 2018 in numbers which details the number of posts and lots of rich data about his website (along with sparklines). The bottom of his post also includes links to several others' Year in Review articles.
Jeremy Cherfas published his Annual Report: 2018, which includes some indieweb-related observations.
Tracy Durnell has been posting a personal annual review and a creative annual review on her secondary website since 2017. Earlier reviews combined reviews and goals, but now they are separated. In 2021 she posted a year in reading and year in listening that pulls from Last.fm's year in review report.
- 2021 Personal Annual Review
- 2021 Creative Annual Review
- 2021 Year-end Reading Review
- 2021 Year in Music
Jeremy Felt has been posting some form of annual review or reflection(s) since 2013. He maintains a list of these on a Years in review page.
Murray tries to post overviews of their year, along with goals for the year to come. These started life as "resolution" style challenges, but have evolved into more generalised "themes" around personal progress.
They have also dabbled in more data-focused, "wrapped" style posts:
Marty McGuire published Things I read in 2021 2022-01-13
Add yourself here… (see this for more details)
Facebook has a "Your Year in Review" feature
Year in review prompt on your Facebook timeline, screenshot from Eric Meyer's post.
Goodreads gives users a "Year in Books" that recaps their year's reading progress of what they read as well as the books they finished. Typically email reminders are sent out in early December, but the review page auto refreshes based on data updates at future times. Example: https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2018?int=YYiB18_sa
Pocket regularly emails out (semi-private, but shareable) links to users to recap how many words they read during the year and the rough equivalent in number of books. They also advertise most popularly bookmarked articles and other discovery related features. Here's an example of one such year in review post from Chris Aldrich
See also: https://boffosocko.com/2018/12/28/chris-aldrichs-year-in-pocket/
Strava annually creates a "Year in Sport" film for your profile, go to the year.strava.com to view it, e.g.:
- https://2017.strava.com/ (at some point they dropped it! "2017 Year in Sport videos are no longer available.")
Uber emailed out a "2018 year in review" on 2019-01-04 that was nearly devoid of content.
- Number of days since joining Uber, end of year rider rating - neither of which are specific to just last year
The rest of their email was about *their* overall year in review (not personal at all)
Can be accessed here: https://www.swarmapp.com/user/year-in-review/2018
Shows counts for check-ins, categories and New Places. Then below that there is a map showing all check-ins and top 5 lists of categories and places.
Spotify creates a personalized "Spotify Wrapped" review in December each year, which highlights a user's top-listened artists, tracks, and genres, as well as other factoids that change from year to year. It's viewable only on the Spotify app, in a "stories" style format. They also create a playlist of the user's top 100 songs from the year. While presented as an end-of-year wrap-up, it only includes data from Jan. 1 through Oct. 31.
Last.fm provides an annual review of a user's listening habits in their Last.year report, released in January each year. It identifies the user's top artists, albums, and tracks from the previous year, and provides graphs visualizing user's listening habits, such as time of day and day of the week, as well as trends in genres ("tags"). Listening statistics are compared against the previous year.
Untappd generates a "Year in Beer" for users each year that displays your most frequently checked-in beers, styles, venues, and friends. Some statistics are compared with those from the previous year.
- Chris Aldrich has indicated that since he compiles posts of what articles he reads and captures data about publishers and authors that it might be interesting to do a year in review of these to see which sources he's reading frequently, particularly as a means of adding more diversity to it.
- on this day
- weekly summary
- monthly recap
- Issue: Cruel reminders like examples in 2014-12-29 The Guardian: Facebook apologises over 'cruel' Year in Review clips
- best nine
- annual report
- Sam Anderson created a year in review of all the books he read in 2010 (though sadly not on his own website), but did it using photos of annotations he made in the books he read: A Year in Marginalia: Sam Anderson
- Criticism: 2021-08-03 Buzzfeed: My Phone Doesn’t Realize My Mother Is Dead
My phone doesn’t realize my mother is dead. It decided to feature these photos in my year in review, queued up to soothing music. It doesn’t know that these are memories I choose to revive sparingly.
- Humorous single example: https://www.instagram.com/p/CXH2-x3Jt1S/
- brainstorm: “wrapped” for articles on any particular site/domain you browse (e.g. Wikipedia) or across all your bookmarks, or across everything you've linked to across posts, perhaps ranking top domains you've linked to. Inspired by: https://twitter.com/deejay_ayers/status/1573174723516977152
- "Wish I could get a wikipedia wrapped like Spotify so I can see all the weird shit I've looked up in one place" @deejay_ayers September 23, 2022
- Humor: Mastodon wrapped: https://strangeobject.space/@james/109439732108271388
- "Mastodon instance wrapped- You migrated to 56 instances this year
- You thought of 7897 instance names
- You bought 2 domain names
- You posted 3 toots" @james December 1, 2022
- "Mastodon instance wrapped- You migrated to 56 instances this year
- https://fandom.tumblr.com/post/702448565057961984/its-that-time-again-its-tumblrs-2022-year-in Tumblr's year in review for 2022 via their Fandom site.
- Example of a 40 question year in review template for personal websites: https://cagrimmett.com/life/2022/12/27/40-questions-for-2022/; inspired by https://stephanango.com/40-questions