Facebook Trialling A Temporary Unfollow Feature Called “Snooze”
Facebook is trialling a way to temporarily mute a friend so that we don’t see their posts for a brief period of time ranging from one to thirty days. There can be many reasons why we might not want to see somebody’s posts, but may wish to remain their friend – things from seeing holiday pictures when you’re stuck at work, to politics, religion, sporting events, or new smartphone releases. For some of these, unfollowing but remaining friends is an option, but we might want to start seeing their posts after a period of time. Here’s where Facebook’s temporary unfollow feature could be very useful. Facebook are experimenting with the feature, called “Snooze.”
It’s easy to use Facebook’s Snooze feature. Simply click on the top right of a post and select “Unfollow or Snooze.” Next, pick for how long – and that’s all there is to it. You can see the option att the bottom of this article. Facebook confirmed to the TechCrunch website that they are experimenting with the feature by explaining: “We’re testing new ways to give people control over their News Feeds so they can stay connected with the stories they find most relevant.”
Over the years, Facebook has struggled with trying to keep all users happy. Some people are more vociferous on Facebook than others and a few years ago Facebook tried an option for users to see fewer posts from their friends, but found that this didn’t work very well as it was never clear how much less we would see! If this latest development goes live, it could ease frustration after a major event that polarises opinion, and that’s a good thing. It’s good to see Facebook working on improving the user experience.