I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Facebook. Over the past few years, they’ve rolled out features later deemed to be totally unnecessary—Mashable rounded up a few of my favorite Facebook flops that I love to hate.
From the ridiculous amount of notifications on a daily basis, poking (which is now waving and we’re all still unsure why this still is a thing), receiving updates about your ex getting married, and the rudest of all, the ‘friendly’ reminder that you haven’t updated your profile in 43 weeks which feels oddly similar to Apple’s iCloud reminder that your storage hasn’t been backed up in 17 days every time you connect to WIFI.
Now, I can rant about Facebook for hours, but there’s just something about the site that keeps me coming back. And lucky for me (and you), there are a few new features that Facebook has released that I can full-heartedly stand behind.
Are you tired of seeing your friend’s constant traveling pics while you’re stuck at work? Me too. Bless the Facebook Gods for this new feature: a snooze button. It’s exactly what you think it is. Now, I love to hit the snooze button at least three times every morning, so the fact that I can hit snooze on my consistently annoying friends’ posts for either 24 hours, 1 week, or a WHOLE month is pretty glorious. For all my friends reading this, I still love you, but cool it with the engagement photos. Thanks.
As a Florida girl through and through, my heart has been heavy the past few weeks with the disasters that Harvey and Irma brought to the Southeast. There’s something very haunting about not being able to get ahold of your loved ones or even get local news updates. And even though I’m a strong Facebook basher, I’m pleased with their latest feature called Crisis Response.
Within this feature, Facebook ties together Safety Check, which allows users to ‘check in’ to notify their friend base they’re safe, and Community Help, which gives locals the ability to find and offer assistance to disaster victims. Joining those two hubs will be photos, videos, and articles from public posts to keep everyone informed about the current crisis. Hurricane season is not over just yet so it’s a relief that Crisis Response will be launched in the upcoming few weeks.
While these two new features are worthy of my respect and admiration, I’m betting a majority of the yet released features over the next few years will be added to my list of Facebook flops above. Stay tuned. But for now, let’s give Facebook a high five.