A few weeks ago I saw another blogger on Facebook pose the question that went something like: would you want a copy of your Facebook ‘life’ captured and then print and bound to enjoy offline. The answer in my head? Heck Yeah !?! You mean order a copy of all my status updates, photos, memes, jokes and captions from Facebook and bind them into a tidy little book? Uh, yes please. To think of all the would be digital memories just hovering above aimlessly in a cloud, now printed in a book I can enjoy. Can we do this for my blog too I wondered?
Formally known as Likebooks, My Social Book is not a new kid on the block. In 2012 they won an award for innovation which garnished them lots of press and glowing reviews. I poked around and read through some comments and someone had mentioned a 20% coupon floating around. For 20% off I thought I can at least try a book. The process ended up being so simple and the site ?? so well laid out and fast, my one book order quickly turned into 5.
Here’s how it works.
1. To begin they will ask you to link to your Facebook account so they can access your Facebook activity (timeline posts, cover photos, comments) you have an option to link up to Instagram to automatically pull those photos as well.
Choose Subject & Period
Drag the slider to adjust the dates or enter in specific dates using the calendar, Your estimate book cost appears on the right.
Next choose Content that you want to appear. I chose to include everything, but then opted to uncheck a few.
Connect to Instagram if you want those photos to appear. You can toggle having comments* on/off, doing so did not affect my page count.
*I believe these are only comments on Facebook that are made when you share your instagram on your timeline.
It is IMPORTANT to note that if you leave both Instagram (icon) and Instagram Photos boxes checked you will have DUPLICATE PHOTOS.
I unchecked “Instagram Photos” and it removed the duplicate photos successfully.
You can choose how many comments to include, I limited mine to 5, otherwise the book was cost prohibitive due to size.
At the beginning of the book you can choose what will appear in the printed mosaic. Note: friends photos appear current, if you are printing 2009 those profile pics are not from 2009, which I kinda a bummer but I get it.
Chose a cover – you can go Classic. All photos are editable and you may change to any photo that has been previously uploaded to Facebook.
Choose your accent color and/or a cover color. You have a choice of soft or hardcover with prices reflecting your changes.
When you are done with your changes you can review the proof (up to 36 pages).
Prices start at 13.90, average is around 60.00. I just made one as a gift and it spanned 2008-2014 for 65.00. My books were just over $200 for all five years at 20% off. I’m happy to have invested that amount and get the photos and memorable moments I shared on to paper, better to pass down a book then an external hard drive.
Books SHIP FREE (at least is is right now according to their site no code needed) I received all 5 books within a week of ordering. They were securely packaged and arrived in perfect condition.
I am so happy with my books. They are like yearbooks for adults. My kids and I got a kick out of going through the years and seeing how much I OVERSHARED. Gah. It is striking to see how things went from all status updates (2009 is pages of text only) like “can’t sleep has jet lag” to no updates only photos and memes … apparently I like memes. Especially this this one.
Can you tell the year I joined Instagram?
After receiving my books I reached out to the good folks at My Social Book to gush over their product and inquire about a discount code for the holidays and they said YES! So here you go… use code MSB30SPECIAL to receive 30% off your entire order. Quantities are limited to the first 300 orders, so save me one would ya I will need it come January 1st!
You can also make books for family and friends you are connected to on facebook for gifts. Special tip about making books for friends: if you don’t know when the person joined FB chose beginning at 2007 when FB started and then when you look at the proof you can see on the first page the first post, then adjust the date accordingly so the dates printed on the front and spine matches whats inside.
Thank you My Social Book for the coupon code, this is not a sponsored post just a personal review of a product I tried, really liked and thought you would too. I was not compensated for any material shared.
For more information you can watch their YouTube video or visit their Facebook Page.