Hidden Feature in Facebook: Gather Recommendations From Friends
When creating a new post on Facebook, there are a ton of extras you can add to your updates: feelings or activities, change the update’s background color, tag friends, and more. But there’s one relatively hidden feature that many don’t know about: asking for recommendations from friends.
You may have seen friends on Facebook sharing posts in which they ask for recommendations, and the posts are clearly labeled as requests. Facebook doesn’t make it very clear how to create these types of posts, but it couldn’t be easier.
When you go to create a new post, all you have to do is phrase it as a clear request for suggestions — or better yet, include the word “recommendation(s)” in your post and Facebook will automatically label it as a request.
If you include a city name in your request, after you post your request, Facebook will give you the option of adding a map.
However, it isn’t foolproof. When we tried, certain questions weren’t picked up by Facebook as a request for recommendations. For example, asking for suggestions on good books to read didn’t work.
If you want to be sure your post will be labeled as a request for recommendations before hitting the post button, under Feelings/Activity you can select Looking for > Recommendations. You can get even more specific with the type of recommendation if you want. You can also easily create a recommendation post by clicking the Ask for Recommendations button on this page.
What do you think of Facebook’s recommendations feature? Let us know in the comments.
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