Facebook adds audio tagging feature for easier sharing in Shazam-like fashion

By Alexandra Burlacu | May 22, 2014 08:13 AM EDT

Facebook has added a new option for tagging to further facilitate sharing stuff on its popular social media network, now allowing for audio identification.

More specifically, Facebook aims to make it even easier to tag and share things by introducing a new audio identification feature that will make use of one's smartphone microphone. The feature will be optional, but those who decide to turn it on will be able to put their phone's microphone near the source of the audio and have it automatically detect whatever they are listening to or watching. This will allow for easier sharing, without needing to specifically type it.

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When this audio tagging feature is enabled, users who want to make a Facebook status update will also see an audio icon alongside the status bar, which will start listening when you want to post something. Once it finds a match for the audio you provided, you'll be able to simply select it and post it in your status. You can also turn the feature off at any time by tapping the audio icon.

"When writing a status update - if you choose to turn the feature on - you'll have the option to use your phone's microphone to identify what song is playing or what show or movie is on TV," Facebook explains.

"That means if you want to share that you're listening to your favorite Beyoncé track or watching the season premiere of Game of Thrones, you can do it quickly and easily, without typing."

The social networking giant further assures users that they don't have to worry about their privacy, as Facebook will not store any audio clips it detects. Moreover, the status updates, complete with the audio tag, will have the exact same privacy options as the regular status updates, according to your settings and preferences.

"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," adds Facebook.

This new audio tagging feature will roll out to mobile Facebook users on both iOS and Android "in the coming weeks," but it will only be available in the U.S. at first. in the meantime, check out the video below to learn more about it.

A New, Optional Way to Share and Discover Music, TV and Movies from Facebook on Vimeo.

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