Facebook is introducing Moments to the top of everyone’s News Feeds. These Moments are designed to encourage people to share more stuff with their family and friends. However, they should also help us all remember that there’s a whole world of things happening outside of Facebook.
For many of us, Facebook bookends our days. We check Facebook in bed in the morning, and then check it again last thing at night. And, of course, we check it constantly throughout the day to find out what our friends and family are doing at any given moment.
However, there is a big waiting to be explored offline. And as much as social networking sites have broadened our horizons, they have also made some of us shun anything but our own inner circles.
This is why Facebook is struggling with its fake news problem, with many people choosing to believe the stories placed under their noses rather than actually dig a little deeper in order to find the truth.
Facebook’s new initiative should help us all keep some perspective, as Moments remind us that there’s bigger things going on in the world than what your Uncle Bert ate for lunch.
Facebook Wishes You a Happy Holidays
With Moments, Facebook will be placing messages at the top of everyone’s News Feeds. These will focus on a specific event or happening, including cultural moments both past and present. Facebook has been testing this for some time, with recent examples being Thanksgiving and the Supermoon.
The first message everyone should see is one wishing them Happy Holidays. And users will be able to choose one of 18 custom-designed cards to share with their Facebook friends.
Facebook is essentially trying to outdoodle Google Doodles here. With Doodles, Google uses the envious power and popularity of its homepage to tell us all about a momentous occasion. And Facebook is now doing pretty much the same thing, but adding some encouragement for us all to share.
What do you think of Facebook’s new Moments? Is this a welcome initiative helping people learn about the world around them? Or just another way of Facebook encouraging us all to share anything and everything with our friends? Please let us know in the comments below!