Facebook is testing a tag to show what you have in common with random people



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Facebook has figured out another way to “connect” you with some of the 2 billion people on its network.

The social media giant said Friday on CNET that the testing of a new label called “things in common” that users would see in the comments.

According to the tech site, if you have a public conversation on the platform—a brand or publisher page, for example, Facebook will be alerted to things that you might have in common with non-friends who left comments.

Therefore, you may see a label that says “You both went to Rutgers University” or that you were both born in California. The label can also reveal if you both work for the same company, but not friends.

The company told CNET it is a “small” test in the United States, but was not more specific about any future plans.



“To know shared things in common helps people connect,” a Facebook spokeswoman told CNET. “We test the adding of a ‘common’ label that appears above the comments of people you do not with friends, but you might have something in common.”

The new feature is Facebook and other social media companies are tweaking algorithms, or modification of policies to encourage healthy discussions and stop the flow of misinformation, hatred, and bots.

Facebook also said that the information included in the “common” tags have only a few users have set to be seen by the public and will adhere to the users of the existing privacy settings.

The company, which has seen user growth fall short of Wall Street expectations, and younger users turn to platforms like Snapchat, will also be the start of a Dating function in a bid to keep users on the social network.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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