The social network wants to push users to meet more, with a method very similar to that of the famous app of encounters.
"Would you like to see Julie this week?" This kind of question could soon appear on your Facebook news feed. Canadian journalist Jacob Dubé was confronted with it and was encouraged to meet several friends in this way. encounters in the real world, Facebook uses a method inspired from those of apps of encounters like Tinder: if two users declare wanting to see each other, they are then mutually informed and are put in relation onFacebook Messenger.
However, Facebook differs from Tinder on an essential point: the first proposes only meetings with friends when the other incites to get to know strangers.Contact by Jacob Dubé, who works for the site Motherboard, Facebook confirms these experiments on its mobile app.
A scaled-down test
"People often use Facebook to plan things with their friends. We do a scaled-down test in the Facebook application to make it easier for them. We will soon be reviewing user feedback," explains a company executive at Motherboard. At present, some users living in Toronto or New Zealand are concerned.
By January 2016, a study estimated that the maximum number of "true" friends that one could have on a social network was 150. More than helping us to maintain a relationship with our closest friends, this new function could encourage us to renew links with long-standing knowledge.