Facebook Testing Selective Mute Notifications
Sick of those irritating red dots begging you to click on them? Don’t worry, us too.
Lucky for Facebook users, the social network is now testing a version of the app that allows you to selectively mute the notifications.
We don’t mean the ‘jewel’ notifications which appears on the app icon. (Those notifications can be changed from the app and you can personalize what you want to be alerted about within your mobile's settings.)
We’re talking about those not-so-cute in-app dots that appear on the Videos, Groups, Profile and Notification tabs.
Initially, Facebook introduced the in-app ‘badges’ to encourage users to click on the tab, if for nothing else than to get rid of the dots. This would have increased engagement massively.
However, as TechCrunch reports, Facebook seems to be realizing that “..its growth hacking can backfire if its pleas for engagement actually deter us from opening its app in the first place.”
It seems as though, according to Social Media Today, the dots can induce anxiety in a lot of users which results in them not wanting to open Facebook to avoid them.
So, in order to tackle this, they are running a test version that allows user to toggle which sections they would like to be notified about, if any at all.
We’re looking forward to see whether or not Facebook will actually introduce this update to its users.
Are you waiting for this update to drop? Let us know in the comments below.
Written by Anushé Samee. Photo credit: TechCrunch.