Date
12 December 2017
Facebook will introduce a mobile application that will tell you the music or television show your friends are enjoying. Photo: Bloomberg
Facebook will introduce a mobile application that will tell you the music or television show your friends are enjoying. Photo: Bloomberg

As if drowning in your friends’ selfies were not enough …

Are you sometimes tempted to unfriend some people on Facebook because they clutter your account with dozens of selfies — and that’s just in the past half hour — or snapshots of the breakfast they had at Starbucks, or the latest fashion accessories of their pet Siamese Mimi or poodle Bubu?

But what’s stopping you is the fact that almost everyone is doing it, and if you click them out of your space, you’ll be left with only a few, uninteresting FB friends.

Well, your agony is not about to end yet.

As if drowning in all these images is not enough, Facebook plans to add to your torment by introducing a mobile application that will tell you the music or television show your friends are enjoying while on the social networking site, and that’s via a status update that identifies the song or TV program and provides a 30-second preview.

Facebook, which announced the move in a post on its official blog on Wednesday, is working with streaming music services Spotify, Rdio and Deezer to offer the music previews, Reuters reports.

The new app, which will be available on Android and iOS versions, makes use of the microphone in your smartphone to detect the music or video playing in the background everytime the user does a status update, the report says. It screens out other background sounds.

If a television show is detected, Facebook can highlight the specific season and episode that the user is watching and share it in their news feed.

Fortunately, for those who don’t find this feature amusing, it’s off by default and must be activated by the user.

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