Social media has become a significant part of our lives. We all make regular posts and otherwise, interact with the posts of others. But sometimes, our feeds can become cluttered with posts from too many sources. Facebook has come up with a vital solution to this problem.
According to a recently published patent application, Facebook plans to introduce a new secret mode. The secret mode will enable a secondary, or “secret” feed for you, in addition to your regular feed. In this feed, you will be able to see posts from a limited number of chosen friends. You can choose friends whose posts you want to see in your secret feed. Likewise, your friends can also add you to their audience to show you their posts in your secret feed. This way, you will only see limited content from a selected group of your friends. You will also be able to make secret posts (by marking your posts secret) that your friends can view in their own secret feeds.
The look and feel of the secret mode will be different from regular Facebook, as shown in the figure above. Yow will be able to have a different username for the secret mode. You will also be able to make posts and disable interactions with them, or set your privacy settings so that only you can view the number of interactions (reactions, shares, and comments) on your posts.
Although a simple addition, this feature will make Facebook a more personalized experience for users. We can’t wait for Facebook to roll out this particular update.
Publication Number: US20190132710A1
Patent Title: Techniques for Implementing a Secret Mode in A Social Networking System
Publication date: 2019-05-02
Filing date: 2017-11-01
Inventors: Christopher Anthony Leach; Valerie Chao; Jonathan Smiley; Jason Wei; Gabriela Alcala Murga;
Assignee: Facebook Inc.