Forget About Your Ex
In the upper right hand corner of many Facebook pages you will see the Photo Memories box that is constantly showing you past photos of your Facebook friends. Well that is a cool way for you to reminisce but what about those dreaded photos of your ex that keep popping up? Nobody wants to see that. Well after pleas and complaints from Facebook users, Facebook Photos Project Manager, Sam Odio, has stated on Inside Facebook that the Photo Memories box will no longer show photos of someone you have previously been in a relationship. The down side is that Facebook must first know that you were previously in a relationship, So, unless you had your relationship status set with your once boyfriend or girlfriend, there isn’t much that can be done.
Why would my Ex show up anyway?
Facebook uses as algorithm that determines whose photos are shown in Photo Memories. This algorithm relies on which friends you frequently interact with on Facebook and since users typically interact heavily with their boyfriends and girlfriends, the feature is lead to disproportionately show them. After users severed their relationship, both in real life and on Facebook, Photo Memories would still show users their former significant others, making it difficult for people to get over them or increase emotions. Of course, it would be great if we had more control over the Photo Memories box on Facebook to choose who’s photo memories we see but since most users don’t even manage their data or settings, this would probably just be a waste of Facebook’s time.
Since Facebook doesn’t want you feel sad, angry, or have any negative feelings while on the site, they have corrected the algorithm. Great work Facebook and thanks for listening to your users!