Facebook is about to look a lot like vintage MySpace for some users.
The social network this week began testing a new status update composer that lets you add a mood and emoticon as a complement to your post, according to a TechCrunch report. When updating your status, you’ll be able select from different categories to share how you’re feeling, as well as what you’re watching, reading, listening to, drinking, or eating.
For instance, instead of just typing that you can’t wait to watch the Superbowl this weekend, you can attribute an emotion to the status update, specifying that you’re feeling excited or happy. Doing so will attach an emoticon to your post—like a smiley face when you note that you’re happy, or a book when you’re reading. You can select from pre-set options that are reportedly pretty specific, such as watching Dr.Phil, drinking hot chocolate, or eating lunch, according to TechCrunch. Another option is to write in your own emotion, piece of content, activity, or food you’re consuming.
If you don’t see the new option right away, don’t feel left out. Facebook is testing the new functionality on its website and mobile site with just some users.
In a statement to TechCrunch, a spokesperson for the social network said the new status update composer is “a new way for people to visually represent what they’re doing and how they’re feeling through their Facebook posts. It will only be available to small set of people. This isn’t integrated into Graph Search. It’s just a small test to see if people are interested in sharing their actions in a more visual way.”
Meanwhile, Facebook has also been testing out variations of different status update prompts lately. The social network might ask you, for example, “What’s going on, Angela?” or “How are you doing, Angela?”
Do you dig the new mood status option? Let us know in comments.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag