Have you ever had that awkward moment where one of your friends asked you, “Hey – why didn’t you respond to my text/email/message?” Until now in Facebook, it was pretty easy to say, “Sorry, I was busy and didn’t have a chance to read it.”
All of that appears to be changing as Facebook is working on tweaking its mobile messaging system and will now allow Facebook friends to see when their sent message is read. Although read receipts aren’t anything new (Outlook and Blackberry have been using these for ages), this could create a few uncomfortable situations amongst Facebook friends.
Facebook appears to be trying to make its messaging system more conversational, but the move seems a bit risky. It has been my experience that almost all Facebook users are VERY concerned with their privacy and this move appears to be lessening the amount of privacy control between friends.
Knowing when your Facebook friend reads a message is informative for the person who sent the message, but what happens if the friend can’t respond immediately? Usually, I don’t respond to Facebook messages immediately (especially from my mobile device), often because they are long and a response requires some thoughtfulness.
Only time and user experience will tell whether this new Facebook “seen” feature is liked or not. Please let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.