This video shows Nelson Mandela’s life as a Facebook Timeline, with Foursquare check-ins to jail and the more Pinteresting things he did when he got out. It’s quite compelling stuff. I still remember watching Mandela walk free when I was a child, I think my parents took me late to school. This Timeline format is an interesting and innovative way to show a life, or living.
I’ve seen the Timeline as curated story thing before, and the video above (though it uses the Timeline as inspiration more than anything) is a nice implementation. What you may not know is that Sri Lankans have done Timeline storytelling as well.
I supported Milinda Moragoda for Mayor last year – to much controversy, actually – and helped with the Facebook page. I stopped working on it after but the page kept going, which was great. Recently they created a new page to document Milinda’s many appearances in WikiLeaks, which essentially covers the Sri Lankan peace process, and a lot before and after. All of his mentions and quotes in WikiLeaks are curated by date and supplemented with images, cartoons and media from the relevant times. It’s quite interesting and innovative and I actually had nothing to do with it.
I’d recommend checking it out, the page is called Milinda In WikiLeaks. For the best read I’d click on ‘Started’ at the top right to start at the beginning and scroll up.