Use the ‘maybe’ button as an excuse to flake on plans? You can’t anymore
It was very annoying when people used to click the ‘maybe attending’ buttonon Facebook.
Did this mean they were attending, or that they were definitely not?
On the other hand, it was a good way to keep your social options open.
Facebook have tried to minimise event-attending ambiguity by deleting the ‘maybe’ option entirely.
This is the latest in a series of updates that have also seen the introduction of Facebook Reactions as an alternative to the rumoured ‘dislike’ button.
The update is rolling out this week, with the ‘maybe’ button being replaced by an ‘Interested’ one.
‘Maybe’ was often used by people who had an interest in the event, but no intention of going.
The new ‘Interested’ option serves to make that function more obvious, as well as stopping people from sitting on the fence.
It features a little star icon and appears next to the ‘Going’ and ‘Not Going’ options.
Facebook’s own description says that the new button is for people who want ‘to get updates and decide if you can go later’.
Facebook is also stopping people being able to view, then ignore, event invitations.
It’s working on an update that allows event hosts to see who has viewed the invitation.
This is to put a stop to people not attending events and using the excuse that they never saw the invite.
Messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger already have this feature, but it would be even more handy for event organisers.