You might have wondered various time who read your post and who did not. Now your problem has been solved by the new read receipts feature in Facebook. This will show the names of people who saw each and every post visible to them. This has been added to private email, SMS services, messages and chat and it has been made available today to English-language groups.
Rumor has it that this read receipt feature will also appear in news feed. But Facebook has refused to provide any further information on any of the other features. Some users might feel uncomfortable with this. Especially for the stalkers on Facebook who view profiles of people who they are interested in, will be very disappointed with this new feature. On the other hand, some users might feel a certain kind of security and assurance, by knowing who can see what on their profiles.
Additionally, if you are discussing something important with a friend, you will know exactly who is reading your post and the discussion you are having with the other person. This might give rise to dis-comfort as not knowing who is reading is better than knowing who is. False ideas can arise and therefore result in unreasonable fights just because of Facebook. There has been increase in divorce rates due to Facebook already.
Further more, read receipts in the news feed might make users self-conscious. As they would be constantly curious about who has read their post and who has not. Prejudice might arise for the friends who are constantly following your post and taking interest in them. You might label them as people who have nothing more important to do, etc.
Though this feature has many advantages but we cannot ignore the possible negative impacts on people’s behavior and attitude. The original place of this feature is the Groups and not the news feed. Users need peace of mind and this feature might take that away from them. Plus, every person need his/her own private space. And some matters should remain hidden. One will obviously be disappointed if his/her doings are available for the public to see.
This feature might become the race on who is most popular and who gets to attract more people and the actual purpose of the feature may fade away because we all know what kind of people we can find on Facebook.
Stay tuned for more updates!