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Facebook now lets you ask someone out in the most awkward way possible

Consider this Facebook’s new “poke” button.

If you don’t fill out your relationship status on Facebook, a new “ask” button will appear on your profile page. Through this new feature — rolling out now — your friends can ask if you’re single, or taken.

While the ask feature affords friends a light-hearted way to check in on each other’s love lives in private, it also creates a new opportunity for the socially awkward to ask each other out. This is about as elegant as Facebook’s poke button.

For U.S.-based Facebook users, the feature should be available on your love interest’s (or interests’) profiles today.

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29 comments
Adnan Ahmed
Adnan Ahmed

Why not just good old fashioned way of asking her out face to face, its nerve cracking, exciting and rewarding no matter which direction it goes

Nic Shacklock
Nic Shacklock

This has been out in the UK version of Facebook for a couple of months

John Hernandez
John Hernandez

No one asks me this in real life... #ZeroRequestsReceivedZeroFucksGiven

Ismael Ish
Ismael Ish

haha, Jana Lewison. Show this to Alyssa

Jewel M Rahman
Jewel M Rahman

Amar jonno kivabe hoy ??!!! She to amar mutual friend noy.!!! Tachara ei feature to ekhono ei deshe amdani hoynai!!! Shehab Mahmud

Matt Sven
Matt Sven

Though, that would ask all of your female friends out an infinite number of times. Might want to throw in a conditional check to see if you've already sent a request. :)

Donal Johny
Donal Johny

while (1){ if (friend.gender == "Female"){ friend.Message("would you go out with me?."); }

Nazim Jamil-Mir
Nazim Jamil-Mir

I read that as 'Facebook now lets you ask someone out in the moist awkward way possible'

Chris Loughnane
Chris Loughnane

My next Facebook app is an autoask feature. That way I don't have to make any effort.

Shawn Farnum
Shawn Farnum

Holy cow Facebook has officially become the not we used to pass in class, "Do you want to go out with me check yes or no"!

Viet Phan
Viet Phan

I wonder why can't a guy just call and ask her out? Or better, ask her out in person? Are guys becoming more pussy that there is a need for this feature?

Kate Gallagher
Kate Gallagher

I just ignore it. I aint got time for that at all.

Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson

Remember 10 years ago? "Looking for: friendship, a relationship, random play"

Spikey James
Spikey James

there are 2 ways to stop it and not share that information. 1 ignore it and do not respond. 2 get off Facebook altogether.

Mark Fulton
Mark Fulton

So, I should remove that I'm single to get asked out? OK! - Forever alone

VentureBeat
VentureBeat

Relationship status asks are rolling out to all U.S. users now

James Stw Procopis
James Stw Procopis

It's been like this for months. Phone number, place of work, relationship status, anything thats not filled in on your profile.

Olaf Ottosen
Olaf Ottosen

Facebook probably didn't think of that already. Thank you for reminding them ;)