Facebook wants to know if you’re single
If you have a friend with a mysteriously undefined love life, Facebook may have just become a little more like a singles bar at closing time.
A new “Ask” feature lets you ping friends who haven’t set their Relationship Status and ask them what’s up.
Facebook has been quietly rolling out the feature for testing in select countries, including the United States.
Clicking on “Ask” brings up a dialogue box with the text, “Let (your friend) know why you’re asking for (his/her) relationship status.” It provides space to expand upon your request — say, to invite them out for drinks.
A Facebook spokeswoman said that similar “Ask” buttons have been available on mobile and Web for a few months for other profile information.
“For example, a friend could ask where you work or for your hometown. If you choose to answer, this information is then added to your profile.
By default, only you and your friend can see it, and you also have the option of sharing it with others, too.”