Facebook is working hard to bring even more interactivity to its platform. Last week, it had already announced that Facebook Live (its live video streaming feature) will soon be available to all users. And now Facebook is quietly adding a new “interactive” feature: a real-time notification of when a friend is writing you a comment.
It’s not a major update, no, but it might affect how you use Facebook. Now, when a friend is busy writing a comment on one of your posts, you will be notified in real time with 3 animated dots and the notification “A friend is writing a comment…” This is very similar to what already exists on Messenger, and it is very likely to make you want to go check out that comment straight away.
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Facebook is likely to be testing the feature among users to study its effect on post engagement. It is also likely to result in more interesting conversations as users may wait for others who are currently commenting before leaving their own comments.
On Twitter, the feature got different reactions. Some users think this is outward creepy:
facebook mobile now tells you if a person is writing a comment. THAT IS CREEPY
— ida (@warworn) November 24, 2015
Some believe it is just going to make the whole thing funnier:
While others simply come to the conclusion that it is a useless addition:
facebook now tells you when people are writing a comment that is literally the most useless update
— call me ruji (@mindyxkaling) November 9, 2015
What do you think?