The social network is testing a new feature that will give users the option to notify up to 10 friends about a post they have shared. Facebook is planning to give users yet another way to alert friends to their posts.
The friends they choose to notify will receive an alert about the post, but unlike when you “tag” someone, it will not appear on their profile page.
The idea is to draw people’s attention to the post without cluttering up their Timelines.
“When you make a post that is particularly interesting to certain friends – you want to make sure they see it,” Facebook said in a statement.
“Instead of tagging friends in the post or the comments section, you will now have a more discreet option to alert them of your post by sending them a notification.”
The feature, which was first spotted by SocialTimes , is currently being tested with a small group of Facebook users in Canada, the UK and France.
These users have reportedly been presented with an option to “Notify a few friends about this post”, with a small icon of a megaphone.
Facebook to Users: ‘Notify a Few Friends About This Post’: https://t.co/wnhpkxJHWQ #facebook pic.twitter.com/G7XbfIsDSE
— SocialTimes (@SocialTimes) June 6, 2016
Facebook confirmed the test, but didn’t say when or if it would be launching publicly.
However, some users are already complaining that the new feature will become another way to spam users with notifications.
It has even be compared to the age-old act of “poking”, which was once considered to be a creepy flirting tool, but has evolved over the years into a simple way of saying hello.
“Notify a few friends about this post” – This will get very annoying very quickly. @facebook
— Michael Brown (@Michael_B88) May 27, 2016
FB’s new ‘notify a few people about this post’ feature is just horrible. ‘Spam your friends who don’t care’. Just no.
— Steve Lawson (@solobasssteve) May 31, 2016
“Notify a few friends about this post”
Facebook, if people wanted to see my posts, they’d go creep me. Stapppp.
— Izza Eirabie (@Izzaaa) May 31, 2016
What do you think of Facebook’s new notification tool? Let us know in the comments below.
- This is what phone notifications look like when you have 8 MILLION followers
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