In 2012, the social networking giant introduced a feature that meant you could see who had read your messages and at what time – essentially a read receipt which says “seen by Friend A, Friend B and Friend C”.
This is useful if you’re sending a message to a group of friends – as you’ll know who is ignoring you and who just hasn’t seen the note yet.
But equally it means that anyone on the receiving end of a message can no longer pretend they haven’t read it. It’s right there with a time stamp. You feel FORCED to reply. If you’d prefer not to reply immediately without insulting your friends, there’s a clever little tool that can help.
It’s called Facebook Unseen and it’s a Chrome browser extension that blocks the social network’s read receipts from being sent.
It even lets you manually mark messages as read if you want to take a little longer to ponder your response.
How to install Facebook Unseen
- Make sure you’re using Google’s Chrome browser
- Download Facebook Unseen from the Chrome Web Store
- Click on the icon
- Take as long as you like to reply to Facebook messages
There’s also a Facebook app called Unseen (not the same as the Chrome extension) that provides an environment where you can secretly read messages without sending read receipts.
Of course, the above tools only work on the desktop – if you’re using the Messenger app on your mobile you’re going to have to reply more quickly or deal with the social consequences.
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