Facebook tests 'things in common' to help connect strangers

Published on: Aug 27, 2018 11:46 IST
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Facebook is testing a new feature 'things in common' that will help its users to know what they have in common with other random users like whether you went to the same college or university or have same hometown, workplace etc. This feature, being tested out as a label, may help you connect with random commentators on public posts, Engadget reported. The feature is currently available for a few users in the US and displays some information a user has in common with random persons they are not friends with.

According to reports, under this 'things in common' feature, the social media company will create a tag on posts on a brand or a publisher page highlighting things you have in common strangers who left a comment on a public conversation. For example, you will see a label saying ‘you both studied at XYZ college of Delhi University’ or ‘you are both from Gurugram’.

“These labels will not violate a user's privacy as it will display information publicly available on someone’s page, meaning the same information can also be seen by someone by visiting a user's profile” the Facebook clarified. The tool is being tested as part of Facebook's efforts to make public discussions more meaningful, the report said. "Knowing shared things in common helps people connect," a Facebook spokesperson told Engadget.

"We're testing adding a 'things in common' label that will appear above comments from people who you're not friends with but you might have something in common with. The only information that people made publicly available on their profiles will be eligible to show up," the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

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