Facebook's special "friends video" feature, launched yesterday as part of its self-declared "Friends Day" to be celebrated on the social media giant's 12th birthday, has fallen far short of success. Facebook users around the world were greeted with a friendly message upon logging in on Thursday, which was accompanied by a short video proposing to summarize each user's friends and their experiences together over the past decade. Facebook introduced the world to Friends Day on its own page, with a short video encompassing the company itself and its genesis 12 years ago.
The video used data gathered from skimming each user's account for those friendships with the greatest frequency of posts, mutual check-ins, photographs in which both friends are tagged, and various other friend-to-friend interactions. The automated data was then used to compile the Friends Day video: a montage of each user's closest, longest-term friends, as observed by Facebook.
Why, then, have users taken to social media, using the #FriendsDay hashtag, as reported yesterday by the Inquisitr, to declare the Friends Day video a fail?
The problem is that the Friends Day video algorithm failed to take into account those friendships of which, for whatever reason, users would rather not be reminded.