Changes were made to Facebook’s On This Day feature, which will result in users being notified about more updates and “milestones.”
Apparently, the social network has expanded the said feature, so it does not just resurface users’ posts from the same date from years ago.
Similar to the recap it does at the end of each year, it will now also remind you of posts from the season or month that has just ended. If you wish to, you will be able to share these on your profile.
But that’s not all. Users will also get “celebratory” notifications when users “make a notable number of friends on Facebook, and when your friends have liked your posts”. However, these are not shareable as of the moment but will be in the future.
“We plan to launch more messages like this in the next few months,” said Oren Hod, Facebook product manager.
On This Day is one of the Facebook’s most divisive features, with some users enjoying its daily reminders while others are finding it irritating.
However, near-constant reminders for something you posted lately, and unimportant notifications about “milestones” you don’t actually care about could get very annoying, extremely quickly.
On the other hand, one useful bit of functionality Facebook has introduced as part of the update is the ability to simply let it know that you do not want to be reminded of a particular memory.
“We’ve received input from people over the past two years and have worked to improve On This Day, such as making controls and preferences easier to access,” Mr Hod added.
“Finally, we know that occasionally there are some memories that may spark negative feelings that you would rather avoid. We’ve invested a lot in developing ways to filter content that will select photos we believe may be the most relevant and enjoyable to you.”
Users of Facebook have long been able to filter memories by user or by date. However, the options were not immediately obvious.