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Facebook Memories revealed, then pulled faster than an embarrassing party photo

It's Christmas party season, and embarrassing photos of colleagues screaming Livin' on a Prayer on a dingy wine-bar dance floor aren't the only thing popping up on Facebook and then quickly disappearing.

It's Christmas party season, and embarrassing photos of colleagues screaming Livin' on a Prayer on a dingy wine-bar dance floor aren't the only thing popping up on Facebook and then quickly disappearing. Last night, Facebook revealed its new Memories feature, and then pulled it faster than Cheryl from accounts could detag that picture of her getting a little too close to Gavin from sales.

Yes, it seems even the engineers at Facebook post things they instantly regret. But, whereas we have to drunkenly scrabble around looking for the delete button, Facebook staff simply nuke the whole site. When Memories, an internal prototype, was accidentally revealed, the entire site was shut down for about half an hour. It's now running normally.

Memories should be useful for those mornings that are spent piecing together how bad things got last night. It creates a timeline of your status updates, events, newly added friends, and photos from those groups of friends. You can click back through each year you've been on the social network to see what you were up to in those halcyon days.

Facebook Places also gets a timeline view to let you see where you've checked in. Combined with Memories, you won't ever have to worry about remembering anything ever again. That means you can happily get on with filling your head with memories of things like Wagner singing on The X-Factor, and how he looked like a monkey that'd had electrodes inserted directly into its brain, and been trained that it'd get a zap to its pleasure centres when it smeared itself in its own faeces and danced about.

Facebook launched facial recognition for photos this week, so no bleary-eyed, Sambuca-fuelled snapshot can sneak under the radar. If you are out partying at Christmas, look after yourself: alcohol and ice are the perfect combination in a glass, but not when walking home. Don't be a Christmas casualty: tread carefully on slippery streets -- and don't drink and update.