Facebook Goes Retro With Its Test of Text-Only Temporary Profile Status Updates

Facebook confirmed that it is testing temporary profile status updates of up to 101 characters

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Alex Kantrowitz/BuzzFeed News

Facebook is going old-school with the newest feature it is testing.

In a nod to the days before photos, videos and links dominated social media, Facebook confirmed that it is testing temporary profile status updates of up to 101 characters.

A Facebook spokesperson said in an email to Social Pro Daily, “We’re testing an update that lets people set a temporary status on their profile to let friends know what they’re doing or feeling in the moment. People have the option to set an expiration date for the status and choose whether or not it appears in News Feed or only on their profile.”

Alex Kantrowitz of BuzzFeed News shared the screenshots above and below, which were provided by an unnamed tipster.