Ever want to "snooze" your friends?

Ross Johnson's picture
Instructor
9/16/2017
Social Media

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I often ask students what bothers them most about social media. "Annoying status updates" is a common response. Whether it's over sharing, charged political views or public fights... it seems we all have connections that rub us the wrong way from time to time.

Previously the only way to deal with this was to unfriend or choose to "see less from this person," both options being fairly permanent. But what about those friends who you like staying in contact with that tend to rant from time to time? Blocking and unblocking them isn't practical but it would be nice to see less of their updates while they let off steam.

Facebook is testing a new feature, a "snooze" button. The feature does about what you'd expect, silences a particular connection for a short period of time before restoring them to a normal level.

Does this seem like a valuable feature to you? Would you use it?

Comments & Feedback

Student

The snooze button seems like a nice idea but if the person is someone that sits on facebook all day annoying the world, the only time I want to see this person is when I want to see them. I have a few associates that I want to keep up with but they are super annoying so instead of unfriending them, I just unfollowed them. Unfollowing them allows you to remain friends and never see anything from their page until you go on their page. This has been a great solution to a lot of them "annoying poster" problems. 

Student

I do think the "snooze" button would be a valuable feature.  This would create less awkwardness between two people than deleting that person would.  I think the snooze feature would also help create less tension.  Once someone is deleted or blocked they can easily see that their access to a person’s page is denied.  However, if the snooze button does not show any connection between the feature and the user’s page, then that could be good for that person’s reasoning behind using the feature.   If a person was to see a post that made them mad, the snooze feature would be great to mute that person for the time being.   This could also help person further figure out if they would like to delete that Facebook friend all together.  If someone notices that their page is much more peaceful once somebody was snoozed, then that person could just choose to permanently remove them.  As for me, I don't think I would use the feature because if someone does irritate me, or has any negative posts that I don't agree with, then I would simply just delete them from my list of friends on the network.  I feel that it does take too much time and energy to snooze a person, especially when the problem can be simply resolved by using the removing feature. 


 

Student

I like this new idea, and I would like to use it as soon as possible. Some of my Facebook friends share too manys things of their life, I don't know them very well. Using unfriend would be inappropriate and impolite. So I think "snooze" is a very practical function in social meda plantform. 

Student

I think the “snooze” feature on Facebook does not seem valuable to me. If I don’t like a person or some posts, I can directly unfriend with them. But it will work with some people who want maintain relationship network. In my opinion, the idea is creative but not suit for everyone.

Student

In my opinion snooze button is very practicality system. These day’s Facebook became a huge advertising resources. Since a lot of people use Facebook, a lot of company use advertisement for their company. Facebook’s original idea deterioration into posting random stuff. Snooze button will help to solve those problem. Try to avoid from random advertising and start using Facebook to look around my friend’s life and daily basis. Facebook to look around my friend’s life and daily basis. Therefore, this idea should strongly run for users.

 

 

   

Student

I'm fairly confident this feature would be valuable for many people. While I personally don't often have the problem of being annoyed by my connections, I can certainly think of a few cases where I was frustrated by particular people. At times like those, a snooze-button feature would be very nice to have, especially considering that no one will know whether or not you're snoozing them. Social media can become overwhelming or irritating at times, and it's nice to see the engineers at Facebook working on a way to give users more control over their experience.

Student

I see the value for some people, but I personally just hide people like that from appearing on my facebook feed.  If they post enough things I don't care about or I'm not interested in, I just unfriend them because if I don't care what they are saying, why am I friends with them?  The "see less" feature is helpful and the ability to create Friends Lists is also helpful becasue if I just want to see things from my family, I can do that.  A snooze button would be helpful when self restraint not to respond to people or read their posts is no longer working.  Doesn't google have a feature in chrome to alert you when people use certain words/ phrases and vice versa hide items with certain words.

Student

The "snooze" feature on Facebook does not seem valuable to me at all. Whenever somebody posts something I do not like or get "annoyed" with, I just unfriend them. I don't think Facebook giving me a 2 week break from a person will help me agree with what they have to say any more than before. However, I can see the other side to where if a close friend was posting stuff I disagreed with, I could "snooze" them and see if they get any better over time. 

Student

This feature definately seems like something alot of people would use. Being able to temporarly mute someones posts from showing up in your feed will help alot of people maintain their relationships without having to block someone. Twitter uses a similar dynamic in which you can mute certain words or phrases from showing up in your feed, this feature is like that however you can mute someone instead of just the phrase.

Student

I would absolutely use the snooze button. Sometimes, people share too much things that I don’t want to know about it, or even they share their life every single day. People could think they could just block them or unfriend them, however, it’s so sad to knowing if people just block me or unfriend me because they think i post on Facebook too much. Also, It is really creative that I can control the periods that I would stop seeing posts by just clicking “Snooze” button.

Student

I do not think "snooze" button is necessary. There are lots of people in the facebook and also lots of people who do not match with my perspective. If someone is annoying or do't want to see, I rather unfriend them. The idea of "snooze" button was creative. However, it won't really useful in facebook in my prespective. 

Student

I would like to use this new feature that Facebook have. because the snooze button can sliences a particular connection for a short period of time before I resetoring them. sometimes, like when I finish my exam and back to home, I just want lie in bed and take rest, I do not want hear anything that interrupt my rest. because all my firends like post pictures on social media. and most time I do, I just scroll down and find something that may interested to me. So, If Facebook going to add this feature, I will use it forsure.

Student

I think this new feature is very useful for me. Because sometimes I just want to have a rest when I go back home. If some people post lots of pictures or something other, I can not have a quiet environment to rest. However, I can not unfollow my friends because of their posting.  Then, I can use snooze button for a quiet time. So I think it is a valuable feature for me. I would like to use it.

Student

I really don't know how much I would use the "snooze" feature if it becomes available. I feel like if somebody is posting their views or going on some sort of rant you can just scroll past it. If I see something that doesn't interest me on my timeline, I will just scroll past it and not pay it any attention. Now if they are constantly posting rants and their views I would probably just block or unfriend them if it annoys me that much. 

Student

I would totally use the snooze button on facebook if it becomes an option. I like that it silences a connection for a short period of time because then I would not have to go in and figure out how to unsilence them when time passes. My friends on Facebook tend to become annoying when certain events are happening in the world and they comment on these events 24/7. I don't want to unfriend them because I'd have to friend them again but the "see less of these posts" option does help a lot when wanted to temporarily mute someone. 

Student

I honestly don't think this tool is very valuable. If I want to snooze a friend, then I'd rather just unfriend them. There are certainly a lot of people on Facebook who annoy me and I have no time for them. If I don't like what they're posting, I unfriend them. 

Student

I think that I would absolutely use this feature. I don't typically look at Facebook as a platform to release your personal or political views, and I would, without hesitation, use this feature to snooze some of my connections. As much as I enjoy keeping tabs on my friends and family, I do not enjoy political rants or overly frequent pictures of their kids. Some might find this feature to be offensive or inconsiderate, yet I think it is a way for people to have a more clear timeline and actually be able to read other posts. 

Student

I will use "snooze" button for sure, it is a really valuable feature to me. Facebook is a great social media platform, I use it to communicate with my friends and family. But some of them will share something I really do not like, before the "snooze" button launch I choose do not block them. Because some of my friends and most families are not in Lansing, I only have chance to meet them once or twice a year, I  do not want to miss what they post. Once I block them, it is hard for me to unblock them. So, the "snooze" button is really useful for me and I will use that. 

Student

This feature sounds like a great idea and something I believe would be very popular. Although I think it would be popular my main concern is convenience. As lazy as it sounds I am very bad at unfriending people I dont know. I always say wow I really need to go through my friends list and unfriend so and so but never get around to it, probably because I get distracted by other things. I think this feature would have to be very easy to access each time you see soemone post for it to be effective. In addition the people you are "snoozing" would have to be completely unaware that the other party is snoozing them so no arguments are caused. If these two things arent an issue then sign me up!

Student

This feature sounds like something that could be very useful for alot of people. Twitter has a feature where you can block certain words or phrases from coming into your feed, this sounds likfe more of a personal block. Alot of people has friends or family that shares differents views as them and whether it be they post too frequently or just that their posts tend to rub you the wrong way, being able to temporarly mute them sounds like a decent idea in avoiding having to block or remove someone as your friend. 

Student

This feature sounds like something that could be very useful for alot of people. Twitter has a feature where you can block certain words or phrases from coming into your feed, this sounds likfe more of a personal block. Alot of people has friends or family that shares differents views as them and whether it be they post too frequently or just that their posts tend to rub you the wrong way, being able to temporarly mute them sounds like a decent idea in avoiding having to block or remove someone as your friend. 

Student

This feature sounds like something that could be very useful for alot of people. Twitter has a feature where you can block certain words or phrases from coming into your feed, this sounds likfe more of a personal block. Alot of people has friends or family that shares differents views as them and whether it be they post too frequently or just that their posts tend to rub you the wrong way, being able to temporarly mute them sounds like a decent idea in avoiding having to block or remove someone as your friend. 

Student

This is an interesting concept I was unaware of until now. Facebook is a great media platform to connect with friends and family you don't speak with or see often. Yet with that everyone has an angry Aunt or far left friend from college that takes to Facebook as an outlet to rant about Trump's latest tweet. I considered deleting my Facebook around election time, not to avoid my duty as an American to vote, but to avoid any fued that surfaced to the top of my feed. It is great that people feel they have a freedom and liberty to publicly express their views, however for me Facebook is used for the finer things in life such as heart warming puppy videos or Tasty's latest desert creation.

 

With that in mind, I think Facebooks new "snooze" button is a great fix for anyone who might find themselves to be in a position like me. While I love my Aunt Sally and enjoy seeing that she and her 12 chickens are doing just fine in Kentucky... there are times where a momentary break is needed. 

Student

This would definitely be a valuable feature for me that I would utilize on my social media accounts. I am very familiar with friends on social media that express their opinion either too much or in a way that is offending and I would rather just not see it at all. I have had to block some people that I have added on certain social media accounts (mainly snapchat) because some of the information they post is just too much or it doesn’t belong. If Facebook had this feature it would be great because then I could control what posts and whose posts I want to look at. I’m a big fan!

Student

I think this would be a great feature. I tend to be a very moody person so somedays I like viewing certain peoples post and the next day I may hate them (LOL). So I think it would be very valuable, this way the person wont be curious as to why you unfollowed them or blocked them. I love that this feature would keep things discreet. I actually recently unfollowed my bestfriend just becasue I was tired of her post... what will happen, when she notices? So I am on bored for the snooze button. Sometimes I find myself ranting like Kanye West so maybe my friends can use it on me. :) 

Student

I think this would be a great feature. I tend to be a very moody person so somedays I like viewing certain peoples post and the next day I may hate them (LOL). So I think it would be very valuable, this way the person wont be curious as to why you unfollowed them or blocked them. I love that this feature would keep things discreet. I actually recently unfollowed my bestfriend just becasue I was tired of her post... what will happen, when she notices? So I am on bored for the snooze button. Sometimes I find myself ranting like Kanye West so maybe my friends can use it on me. :) 

Student

This absolutely seems like a valuable feature, one which I would definitely take advantage of using. A main reason that I and many others who I've talked to do not prefer using Facebook compared to other social media platforms is because of the ridiculous amounts of clutter and unneccesary debate that happen all over the site. With a "snooze" button, users could easily avoid seeing this type of noise and filter out undesired content as it was being posted. 

If this feature was implemented, I would likely use it on my own parents who seem to love to get into political disputes whenever possible on Facebook. With this new "snooze" feature, I could hide their posts for just 24 hours (or longer if need be) without guilt or worry of missing their other posts later on post-debate! 

Student

I think the "snooze" button would be a useful addition to the Facebook Platform. With the current trends in usage and online posting, people spew unworthwhile and hateful content all the time, primarily through Facebook. I believe that features like "See less from this person" and ways to limit the content on your facebook feed protects and serves the actual purpose of social media sites, to bring people together. Normally when someone disagrees with someone they are close to in daily life, the act of them being vocal about their innermost feelings tends to lengthen the gap between the people involved and features like "snooze" can, I believe, prevent that on a large scale. 

I also believe that in the long run, it might generate a few problems of falsely limiting useful or interesting content from someone else, but we'll have to wait and see how this new feature would serve in its beta testing days.

Student

I would absolutely use this feature. I have a tendency to mute close friends on Twitter and that just doesn't seem nearly as efficient as this feature would be. It would be particularly interesting if it gave you custom control options for how long it would "snooze" them. However, I think since the Facebook newsfeed already operates on an algorithm in an attempt to only show you things you will care about, it is possible that this would be less effective on twitter than other sites. I've also seen that people I'm connected with on social media post a lot more frequently (multiple times a day) on Twitter than on Facebook. 

Student

Facebook is the social media platform I use the least, but I would still use this feature if it were available. I want to be able to see a wide variety of posts when I do spend some time looking through my feed. This feature would actually make me likely to use Facebook more often because I won't have to see the same few peoples' constant status updates. Would the snooze button let you decide how long you snooze someone for? It would be really helpful if the feature was interactive or customizable. 

Student

I think the idea that Facebook is promoting a snooze button feature is very unique and innovative. For instance, people will be able to keep others engaged in very serious, pressing, or even controversial matters at a distance in a subtle and unhurtful manner, whereas unfriending them may cause more controversy and conflict between people. Therefore, I think it will be very valuable and safe in terms of social media usage and I would definitely give it a try. 

Student

This 100% seems like a valuable feature (and I would use it). I think everyone can certainly relate to that one friend who constantly posts on social media the places they go, things they buy, and post constantly about their accomplishments. It's great that these friends do so much, but modesty is really the best policy. In the past, I've been someone to unfriend those types of people. With this new "snooze" button you can take a social media break from these friends, and they won't even know about it. I feel that with social media, there is a certain pressure to do so much just to impress those around you. I wish that it would be more to stay in touch with people and not to show off or one-up the person next to you. What's great about this feature is that you still have access to this person's profile. So, if you are about to hang out with them you can head over to their profile, see what they've been up to, and you can have some talking points so you seem caught with what they've been doing! Super easy. 

Student

The snooze button is an easy way to avoid "annoying status updates." Blocking and unblocking is easier than "snooze" people who always show some unwanted and useless information in the social media, but sometimes we miss their recent things.

To snooze someone we know them but won't contact frequently is the first choice. Keeping these old friends in the list is retrospective, because we respect the past shared memories. However, people experience different things and build different views from each other. As time goes by, old friends may have a different way of life. To ignore thier "annoying status" but keep them in friend list is my choice.

"Snooze" seems to work for new contact person since we live in the same circle or contac each other frequently. If I block them, I may not know things happened around them at the first time. But if some people is brothering my life, I'll block them actually. I believe lots of things is private and people will not show them to others in the social media. The best way to know people is to communicate instead of to browse their social media posts.

Student

Those big mouths are annoying, their words can spoil my day and a "snooze" button is the best solution so far. Most Chinese social media have been using similar features (it was called "don't share one's moments") for years, and I find some little problems by using it. First, you will find somebody disappear from your life. You don't want to set people snoozed every 24 hours, so those people probably be blocked forever. Second, some valuable information may be hided as well. For example, one of my friend always shows off his six packs and I snooze him, meanwhile I miss some work out tips he shares. Third, I found an extremely inconvenience of direct messaging. Most people message by clicking on other's profile pictures, but when their posts are no longer showed, you will have a hard time find the people you need.

Student

I have to say some people are really annoying on the social media becauese they share too much things that I really have no interested in. But I don't think I will use the "snooze" button. Becasue in my friends' circle, if someone likes to show off or share a lot, he will do it forever. So I will just block all the informaiton from him or her.

Of course this way is just to those friends are not intimate. For those intimate friends, even if he or she rants from time to time, I have to still stand all of that and try to know what happend to her or him. If I use the "snooze button", then when we meet each other face to face coincidentally, I will know nothing about her problem. So if she wants to talk about that with me, she will find that I blocked her information, which is really awkward. So it is kind of a risk to use the snnoze button.

 

 

Student

I think snoozing friends would be a great feature during election times, Game of Thrones Sundays (no more spoilers!) and other intense times where they tend to turn to social media to rant. Although you can't snooze these people in real life, so this will take social media even farther away from "real life".

Since social media is such an integrated part of our lives, it should be treated like a real life interaction- people wouldn't say half of what they post, to someone in real life. Therefore social media posts and comments need to start being treated as real life. What you post can effect someone/your relationships the same way the things you say out loud do.

Student

I think you really brought up a good point with snoozing your friends during election time. I think many young voters are turning to social media to get their information when it comes to politics especially. Having a snoozing feature would be beneficial in not swaying younger individuals. 

Student

I think it is a useless setting.  There are ways around stopping notifications from people updating statuses, and different way to view your news feed.  I think this feature won't get too much use, and I think people will forget that it is just for a short period of time.  You dont know when someone will make an "annoying post" so i don't think this feature will be of much use.

Student

A "Snooze" button is something that I believe would be a very valuable feature for Facebook. In today's world people are friends with someone one day and not friends the next. I would use this feature myself, especially with the politics going on right now, and people on Facebook seem to post the most about this. It gets frustrating constantly having to see people's opinions on politics they aren't even usually educated in, and it is something I wouldn't mind "snoozing" for a little while, instead of doing something more permanent like unfriending them or "see less from this person." Many people like myself, go through times in life where certain posts just aren't benefical for me to see or that I just don't care to see. I believe Facebook adding this feature could truly keep this social media base going. With any social media the more options you have, the more likely someone is to use it so it caters to their individual needs. 

Student

I think this is a great idea, but honestly, I did not know what it is. I could learn about snooze button by this article. It is very cool thing in Facebook becuase if people do not want to see something they can use it.

Student

The snooze button seems like a genius idea.  Too many times do I come across a Facebook friend who posts entirely too much.  I don't want to be too harsh and just unfriend them all together, so the snooze button would come in handy for someone who is voicing an unwanted opinion about a topic that I could care less about.  With this button I guessing I would be able to set a timer on when I would like to see them on my timeline again.  It could be set for a day or even a month.

Student

I think this is a great idea.

 

The "snooze" button will definitely help people relax from high volume of information or repeated news and posts. People always find awkward to unfollow someone. It’s not polite to block your friends, and it will cause drama. The thing is, repeat posts will cause people tired and unlike the content. This “snooze” feature will be very helpful for this awkward situation.

 

Personally, there are many things going on every day. People around me checks their phone about every 3 minutes. There is no way to ignore the “big news”, when it gets viral, it becomes annoying. If my phone has this feature, I would love to use it. It’s friendly, and also acceptable.

Student

I think in theory it's a good idea. However, I don't know how practical it is. Because the people you would want to snooze are more than likely the type of person who has more than one or two random rants. You would probably just end up hitting the snooze button over and over again. 

Student

I feel like these feature would be valuable to at least half or some of the poeple out there. I could see its potential in having great benefits for quieting someone in the short run without having to fully commit to unfriending them. So like I said, I feel like there are some people out their that would go through the trouble of following through with this act. In my opinion, I feel like this would be a very unessecary feature that I would not use. Yes, there is a point in time when some big event or some polotical thing pops up and some people on my feed can go a little over the top, but I would not feel the need to snooze them. I would think to myself if this friend is actually a close friend or someone who I am never going to connect with again in the real world and then I would decifer my decision to unfriend them or not. Either way, I would not use the snooze button becuase I would not go through the process of even doing so.

Student

I would personally love a snooze button on my social media accounts, because, while I love my friends, some of them go on a too many rants about things I don't necessarily care about. I remember actually wishing for such a feature back around election time because I was getting pretty fed up with the constant rants and posts about the different politicians. So yes, if they created this "snooze button" feature, I would find it very valuable and would definitely use it.

 

I also think it would be cool if they created a feature where you could mute/block people from seeing specific posts, without having to block them from your entire page. As an example, if I wanted to post about eating McDonalds 3 days in a row... I'd like to block my mom from seeing that specific post, but I would want her to still be able to see everything else on my profile. Just a thought.

Student

While I think snoozing might be the best new feature ever, I still wouldn't use it. I find something exhilirahating about the the thrill of deleting someone because they had one too many idiotic posts for my liking.

Student

The snooze buttton is a genius move by Facebook. I love going on social media to see what my friends and the people I follow are up to and most of the time it's pretty interesting and entertaining. However, today more than ever, my timelines and feeds have been filled with hot-take after hot-take whether it be about politics or athletics. It always seems to be the same people too. I find myself muting them and then having to go back to read their tweets when I want to know what they're up to. Snooze will help me solve this problem. The timing couldn't be better either. 

Student

I would say snooze button is absolutely going to be a popular feature because everyone all has a group of friends who like to post pointless things or share the posts that are against your values.

On the one hand, this new feature would be a great approach to maintain a friendship, especially during election period or anytime when there is a buzz issue. I can always see fierce debate under the messages, when the messages are radical or related to sensitive topic. It is a good thing to bravely covey personal views, but sometimes this movement would harm the friendship. The snooze button can avoid this situation.

On the other hand, I would say the social media bubble phenomenon will become more serious if people start using this new feature. It is comfortable for people to stay in their comfort zone and escape from opposite views, but it is also the reason for the lack of understanding among society nowadays. Lack of understanding leads to conflict and alienation. It is important to realize different opinions and respect them.

Personally, I would only use this feature on the friends who like to post pointless messages. As for the friends who hold different opinion from me, I would keep following them. To stay away from argument, I usually avoid judging my friends posts that are different form my opinion, and respect their belief. I think it is a good approach to burst the social media bubble.

Student

I think the new function of Facebook is really cool, but it's kind of unuseful for me personally. I like to view all the thing posted by people I followed on my social media. If they always posting things I don't want to see I'll just choose unfriend. All in all, I think it is a great function and most of users will enjoy using this function.

Student

While I absolutely think a "snooze" button would be a helpful feature for many people, it also leads to a false version of reality on our social platforms. While social media is essentially designed for individuals to create a likeable persona and interact with other personas, the past few years have seen tension building on the platforms as people and their personas clash. 

In the real world, confrontation is an unavoidable fact of life. People do or say things that are problematic for you and after a discussion perhaps the behavior may change. This forces people to develop a level of tolerance for others unlike themselves, at least enough to tell another individual about the ways in which they disagree. But the online world is different. People have the ability to say things semi-anonymously and instantly sever a connection. People can now carefully craft an online reality and foster a false belief that everyone thinks in the same way. Hitting snooze eliminates the confrontation and allows people to ignore the things they don't want to see.

This type of eliminating differing opinions is what leads to further factions in real life. Social media disagreements turn into real life violence. If everyone has the ability to hit "snooze," then how do individuals learn to function in a world full of disagreement and confrontation? While using the tool may lead to a more convienent experience for the user, in the the end it could lead to a more difficult society.

Ross Johnson's picture
Instructor
9/16/2017
Social Media