The folks at Facebook have been busy testing out a brand new feature – profile tags.
According to The Verge, the new feature will let you add tags to your own profile or let friends add tags to yours (which you must approve before they become publically visible to your friends). The tags are freeform, allowing users to type in whatever they desire – even the beloved emojis.
Once the feature is rolled out, friends will be able to add tags by visiting your profile and tagging you using words or phrases that describe you – whether that’s “party animal” or “scientist.” Basically, the feature takes cues from sites like LinkedIn. Should you choose to accept such tags, they will be added to your profile. Your friends can then “like” your tags, which will appear in descending order by the number of likes.
Facebook released the following statement confirming the testing of the tags:
“Profile tags are a creative tool that lets you and your friends add tags to your profile to highlight the things that describe you and what you’re into.”
The company says that the feature is currently being tested in New Zealand. As of now, there’s no word when it will hit other countries.
Meanwhile, in other Facebook news, the company has now made interactions even less personal by sending SMS reminders of ‘friends’’ birthdays and allowing people to simply text “1” back in response to post “Happy Birthday” on that friend’s wall.
Right now, our relationship with FB might best be characterized as ‘it’s complicated’.