Facebook Wants to Know if You Want to Meet Up With Your Friends

The social network is testing a feature that aims to spur friends to make plans

This feature is being tested in Toronto and New Zealand
Jacob Dubé, Motherboard

Facebook wants you to get together with your friends in real life.

The social network is testing a feature that aims to spur friends to make plans, confirming to Jacob Dubé of Motherboard that the test group is comprised of “a small number of users” in Toronto and New Zealand, via the flagship iOS and Android applications.

Dubé is part of that test group, writing that he saw a notification in his Facebook app that said, “[Name redacted] and 15 others may want to meet up with you this week.”

According to Dubé, when he clicked on the link, he was taken to a page with photos of some of his Facebook friends and the question, “Want to meet up with [name redacted] this week?”

Responses are kept private unless both users agree to connect via Facebook Messenger.

A Facebook spokesperson said in an email to Dubé, “People often use Facebook to make plans with their friends, so, we’re running a very small test in the Facebook app to make that easier. We look forward to hearing people’s feedback.”

Screenshots courtesy of Jacob Dubé, Motherboard.