Facebook introduces a new way to share structured status updates

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By Justin Lafferty Comments

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Facebook on Wednesday announced an innovative way to share what you’re listening to or watching in a status update. Soon, iOS and Android users will be able to use their phone’s microphone — similar to Shazam — to get the app to hear a song or hear a show or movie and post that the user is doing that.

For instance, if you’re watching The Simpsons, you can turn on this feature as you’re composing a status update and Facebook’s app will recognize the sounds. This is an optional feature that users can turn on if they wish.

If a user shares music, their friends will see a short clip of the song they’re listening to. For TV shows, it will highlight the season and the episode you’re watching.

a-new-optional-way-to-share-and-discover-music-tv-and-movies_3This is an optional feature and will roll out to iOS and Android users over the coming weeks.

Facebook discussed this feature in a blog post:

Here’s how it works: If you’ve turned the feature on, you’ll see an audio icon moving on the screen when you write a status update. If the feature finds a match, you can then choose to add the song, TV show or movie to your post.

Like with any post, you choose who can see it. You can also turn the feature off at any time by clicking the audio icon in the top right of the screen.

If you leave the feature on, you will see the audio icon move and attempt to detect a match when you’re writing a status update. No sound is stored and you’ll always get to choose whether you post to your friends.

Readers: Would you be interested in this feature?