Friday, November 5, 2010

Facebook’s Friendship Pages Let You Rediscover Your Friendship

The social networking community has grown incredibly through Facebook. In fact, the social networking site could be called the trendsetter in the social networking community. It has not always been smooth sailing of course, with numerous security issues, the most recent one alleging Facebook applications of giving out user IDs to companies for marketing. Keeping the security concerns apart, all of us have to agree that we all enjoy spending some, or most of our time on Facebook. After all, the social network does have over 500 million users. Now, Facebook wants to enrich user experience further and is doing that through Friendship Pages.

Friendship Pages

Right now, if you were to see activities between you and a friend, all you can see is maybe your wall-to-wall conversation or photos where you are both tagged together. Finding these itself could be time consuming. But through Friendship Pages, you can see all the public wall posts and comments between you and your friend, photos together, events you RSVP’d for, and more.  In order to access this page, a link will show up below the profile picture of a friend on their profile page.


(Image Courtesy : Facebook Blog)


This is great to find out all the times, good or bad, you spent with a friend via Facebook. You have to understand that through this you are not just reliving the comments or updates made on Facebook, but reliving your life through photos and events. Friendship page is bound to give a nostalgic feeling to many.


I may be nitpicking here but this is an interesting comment I found on Friendship Pages. Quote: “Imagine a funeral where those at the wake bring a printed friendship page for the deceased’s kids. Horror story – a wedding where the same happens w/ “not appropriate for Gramma” pics.”. Crossing my fingers and hoping my friends are smart enough.

Editor’s Note : The new feature has some serious implications on Privacy. Facebook’s checkered past with the P-word continues as Friendship Pages potentially allow either party’s ‘Facebook friends’ to look at their story. It’s one thing to look back over your own interactions with someone and quite another to have a snoop going through them. Your Privacy settings become all the more important – ‘Friends only’ is the way to go.

What is your take on Friendship Pages?

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