A new feature, announced today by Facebook androlling out in the coming weeks to their iOS and Android apps uses the phone’s microphone to identify what song is playing or what show or movie is on TV. The opt-in Shazam-like feature is designed to make it quicker and easier to share music and TV on the social network without having to type.
How It Works & An Intro Video
- If you’ve turned the feature on, you’ll see an audio icon moving on the screen when you write a status update. If the feature finds a match, you can then choose to add the song, TV show or movie to your post.
- Like with any post, you choose who can see it. You can also turn the feature off at any time by clicking the audio icon in the top right of the screen.
- If you leave the feature on, you will see the audio icon move and attempt to detect a match when you’re writing a status update. No sound is stored and you’ll always get to choose whether you post to your friends.
- If you share music, your friends can see a 30-second preview of the song
- For TV shows, the story in News Feed will highlight the specific season and episode you’re watching, so you can avoid any spoilers and join in conversations with your friends after you’ve caught up.