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Facebook announced a new feature called Friendship Pages this morning, and I’m kind of scared of what it will show me.
The feature isn’t live for me yet, or for the rest of the VentureBeat team, but according to the company’s blog post, Friendship Pages will aggregate all the Facebook interactions between two friends. You’ll be able to see all the Wall Posts between the two of you, all the Events that you both attended, all the photos in which you’re both tagged, and so on.
Friendship Pages will be visible to anyone who is friends with at least one of the people involved and has permission to view both profiles. It sounds like the Pages won’t show any information that wasn’t available already, though I’m sure some users will still complain about the privacy implications. (I suppose Friendship Pages might reveal relationships that you’re trying to keep secret, but if it’s supposed to be secret, why are you connecting publicly on Facebook at all?)
I suspect my Friendship Pages will be pretty barren. Most of my interactions on Facebook tend to happen via privates messages, so at best there will just be a stream of photos and a few events. In other cases, I’ll probably look like a dick, because you’ll see comments and questions that friends left on my wall, which I answered either monosyllabically or not at all.
Maybe this will actually change my behavior on Facebook (which could be part of the point). After the site added its Photos feature, I felt a growing sense that if a party or other social gathering didn’t have any photos on Facebook, then on some level it didn’t happen. In a few weeks, I might look at an empty Friendship Page and wonder: Are we really friends at all?
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