Facebook is experimenting with Twitter like Notifications that let you know if you have missed out on any Facebook activity from your friends and followers.
At times, posts from friends and followers get drowned out by the tidal wave of Facebook activity on the News Feed and can help catch up with missed conversations and other interactions.
In a screenshot tweeted by Matt Navarra from The Next Web, a new section under the Facebook Notifications tab displays the Facebook activity from close friends such comments on posts, and could include activity involving multiple friends, encouraging users to join in on a missed interaction.
Facebook is trying out ICYMI notifications pic.twitter.com/OqARCVOX8k
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) February 12, 2018
A prominent feature on Twitter where the tidal wave of activity could be likened to a Tsunami, it made much more sense for the microblogging platform. Although considering the volume of posts and activity on Facebook, this could work favourably for the social media giant, and for people who like to stay up to date with their friends’ on the platform.
The company is also said to experimenting with a companion-finder feature called Meetup with Facebook Messenger users in the United States.
NEW(ish): Facebook’s ‘Meetup’ feature is now being tested with US users
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) February 11, 2018
Meetup appears to have been tested with Facebook Messenger users in Portugal too, but turns out it did not create much of an impact, although testing it with users in the United States suggests the social network is serious about it.
I had this for a while in Portugal, but it didn't work and now is gone pic.twitter.com/bwoqHVV7Mz
— Mário Rui André (@mruiandre) February 11, 2018
Both of the newly experimenting features are aimed at providing a boost to social situations, suggesting Facebook is working towards facilitating meaningful human interaction, something it is constantly accused of trying to replace.