What’s new with Facebook? Profile Tags. No, it’s not a hashtag for your profile. Well, close. It is like the ones you have on your LinkedIn profile where your connections and potential employers can see your skills. And it has been reported that Facebook has been testing out the feature in New Zealand.
The Verge reported that it’s already testing the new feature on some accounts in New Zealand. Of course, we are always chosen for beta testing new features – and it’s not just Facebook who does that.
According to Facebook, “In addition to the standard ways of letting people know who you are on your Facebook profile, profile tags let you express your identity in a more informal way. We believe that friends can also add a unique perspective to who you are and what makes you special that you may not even think about putting on your profile.”
Facebook believes that “This strengthens bonds between friends and helps Connie’s new friends learn something interesting about her. Now you can do this on Facebook too: compliment your friends, make your friendship even stronger and help others learn interesting and fun facts about your friends.”
And like LinkedIn, you can assign tags to yourself, or your friends can assign them at your approval.
The test will continue until Facebook decides on rolling it out to the rest of the world, “[We have] no specific timelines to share about when folks in the U.S. could start seeing this or how long the initial test in New Zealand might run. We’re hoping to learn as much as we can from the test and see how people in New Zealand use it before we roll out more broadly,” the Facebook source said to The Next Web.