One of the worst parts about breaking up with someone in the social media age, and I’m guessing here because I’ve never done it, is figuring out how to handle the intertwined social media legacy you’ve left behind. That’s the impetus behind a new function Facebook is currently testing that will help manage the fall out of an emotionally difficult time. Just like in that one movie and also that other TV show!
Kelly Winters, Product Manager, explained in a blog post today:
Facebook is a place for sharing life’s important moments, which for many people include their romantic relationships. When a relationship ends, we’ve heard from people that they sometimes have questions about the options available to them on Facebook.
Starting today, we are testing tools to help people manage how they interact with their former partners on Facebook after a relationship has ended. When people change their relationship status to indicate they are no longer in a relationship, they will be prompted to try these tools.
There will be a number of options available once you change your relationship status that allow you to see less of your ex’s content, prevent them from showing up in your newsfeed, or untagging yourself from their photos.