Facebook will soon use your phone's mic to help share what you're listening to or watching

Facebook will soon use your phone's mic to help share what you're listening to or watching
Facebook has been on a quest for what it calls "frictionless sharing" for quite a while now, and that usually means making it easier to share things on the social network, even if you only have to authorize certain sharing once. Luckily, the newest feature to make it easier to share what you're listening to or watching will be an opt-in service that works much like Shazam.

The idea is essentially to automate part of the "Feelings" options when posting a status update. Since April, the Facebook app has had a "Feelings" section which would allow you to add an emotion or an activity to a post, this includes options for what you're listening to, watching, reading, playing, or doing, like traveling, eating, etc. The new feature will use your phone's microphone to identify the song you're listening to or the TV show that you're watching. 

You will not only have to opt-in to allow the Facebook app to listen in the first place, but even after the app identifies the song or show, it won't share that unless you consent. If you do share, your friends will get a 30-second clip of the song thanks to Facebook's integration with Spotify. If you share what you're watching, it will note what season and episode you're watching so your friends know exactly what they can spoil for you can avoid spoilers.

The feature will be rolling out to Android and iOS in the U.S. "in the coming weeks". 

source: Facebook



1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Facebook... pretending to search for useful functionality when all they care about is recording you 24x7 and selling your life to the NSA, advertisers, data brokers, mobsters, etc.

2. Sauce unregistered

Uhm….No thanks Facebook. FB sucks now. Their controlling annoying ads, weekly timeline and news feed changes, everything. If you search for someone you know on fb, you enter their name and the first thing that comes up at the top of the list is a stupid a** company that paid to be there. Can keep going on and on, but you get the point.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And yet we continue to use it much like we do with Google.

6. Sauce unregistered

Sadly =/ I swear, if my next fridge or wash machine comes with stupid f*cking adverts from Google built into the screen, I'll just buy it for the joy of tossing some dynamite inside.

8. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

And now that we'll be using self driving cars, its more reason to get hypnotized by the ads. The futures starting to give me the creeps

3. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

"F" is for "Feelings." "Eff That!" is for "Not in a million years, Facebook!"

5. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

After quiting Facebook 2years ago, I think I've made one of the best decisions of my online life

7. wilsong17 unregistered

uninstall Facebook long time ago wasted battery

9. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

And now for me to perform what I call a "frictionless uninstall".

10. intos

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

or help NSA to know what your thinking about ?... do you have hard feelings for your sweet government and planning to became a terrorist ?!?! Facebook will know that ...

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