Warning: This blog post is going to get a little personal.
Today is my nine year wedding anniversary and I just happen to be spending it going through the process of a divorce.
The happy photographic reminders of a relationship that no longer exists haunted me on Facebook today in between meetings for work. So I took a moment to get into my profile and take down my “married” status.
And imagine my surprise when Facebook’s algorithms offered me a little piece of sympathy.
Having to see your ex on Facebook may be one of the worst things about the site.
But the company is determined to fix that, after launching a new tool on its mobile app to help users take the pain out of a relationship breakup.
When you change your relationship status to ‘single,’ Facebook will ask if you want to ‘take a break’ from seeing pictures and posts of your ex.…
‘This work is part of our ongoing effort to develop resources for people who may be going through difficult moments in their lives,’ Facebook product manager Kelly Winters wrote in a blog post.
‘We hope these tools will help people end relationships on Facebook with greater ease, comfort and sense of control.’