The middle-of-the-night profile stalking, the under-the-dinner-table scrolling, the should-be-paying-attention-in-this-meeting feed trawling, that’s always been just between you and Facebook. But that could be about to change.
A number of iOS users have spotted Facebook testing an ‘activity status’ feature that would serve up your usage habits to your followers, plain and clear.
According to screenshots taken by Mashable and others shared to Twitter, when someone involved in the testing is looking at the app, the word ‘Active’ appears on their profile and a small green dot lights up beside their name in comments. But it’s the secondary element of this that has people cringing.
Wait for it….
If you’re currently not online, your profile will display how long it’s been since you last were. Down to the minute.
If you’re having a sudden, unpleasant flashback to the MySpace era, that’s because a similar ‘activity status’ feature was used on the briefly-popular, mid-2000s social network. And no one liked it then, either.
Of course, it is a thing on Facebook Messenger, too, but the possibility of it making the leap to the main app is substantially more unsettling. At least on the former it serves a purpose – to indicate whether someone will likely see your message, or if you should probably just pick up the telephone and, you know, actually call them.