Facebook strives to distract its countless winking elements less with a new test of notification customization. According to app explorer and reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong Facebook is currently testing the ability to turn on and off the red notification points, called badges, that you get for individual tabs on the company's mobile app. This way, if you're not really interested in guards or groups, you do not have to stare at a bright red badge number that demands your attention.
According to TechCrunch this is a global test for iOS and Android. "We are testing new ways to give people more control over the notifications they receive in the Facebook app," a Facebook spokesperson told the company.
Facebook is testing the ability to toggle the notification points of the specific tab in the app.
This should fix the long nuisance of tabs that display notification points that are not pleasing to the user. pic.twitter.com / vtBLkbjKtE
̵1; Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) June 1, 2019
The spokesperson added that the company was aware that users do not need to be reminded often Wait for notifications, especially if you already have system-level customizations in iOS and Android, as certain app notifications are displayed.
As John Herrman wrote in an article in the New York Times titled "How tiny red dots took over your life" last year, modern notification design has been refined over the years and calibrated for likelihood to maximize an average phone user tapping an app icon or in-app icon once it's already retired.
"What is so powerful at the points is that, until we examine them, they can mean anything: a job-changing email; a reminder that the winter sale is about to end; A match, a date, a "we have to talk", Herrman writes about the devastating hypnotic effect that even the small, subtle design element can have on our brains.
A number of tech companies have recently experienced the practical impact of their apps and services on individuals and society. Efforts are being made to better manage the relationship with technology. This is mainly done by monitoring app usage and notification settings. Apple uses Screen Time and Google Digital Wellbeing.
Although Facebook does not have its own keyword-appropriate counterpart – even though there are dashboards for monitoring usage in the main app and in Instagram, it seems that the company is thinking about it for a similar length of time Help users better customize the mobile experience and avoid unnecessary distractions.