While taking a quick study break this afternoon, I stumbled upon a subtle new feature on Facebook called “See Friendship,” which now sits next to the “Comment” and “Like” tabs on certain Newsfeed items.
Considering the name alone, one can only imagine the sketchy possibilites surrounding this little tab — and of course curiosity led me to click it. The result was something reminiscent of the most horrifying aspects of an Orwellian future: an individual page organizing the entirety of the two friends’ interactions on the social network – sort of like a beefed up Wall-to-Wall.
The implications of this button are even more terrifying. Now Brunos can closely examine fellow students’ entire friendships on Facebook. Now their personal chronicle, from chance encounter at FishCo to a trip to the mall (this is all, of course, hypothetical), can appear as a neatly laid out biographical page. Thus, Facebook continues its longstanding tradition of wholly unnecessary features that further broadcast each and every move a person makes on the network.