Facebook wants to listen to music with you -- and then help you share what it hears.
Think Shazam, but in a status update, plus the capability to recognize television shows and movies.
Enabling the optional feature triggers your smartphone microphone when you write status update. Facebook will listen for and identify a song, show or film and give you the option to share it with friends.
If you share that you are listening to a song, Facebook will post a 30-second snippet for your friends to hear. If you share that you're watching a TV show, Facebook will include specifics about the season and episode.
"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," Facebook said in a post about the new audio recognition feature.
It's an expansion of Facebook's effort to get people to share their feelings and activities. For instance, "eating spaghetti" or "feeling happy." The company said users posted 5 billion such status updates last year.
Here's a demo video of the new feature, which will roll out in the coming weeks:
The social network also announced some new privacy control features this week.
But this time, instead of pushing for sharing with a wider audience, the tweaks are meant to make it easier to keep posts between friends.
"While some people want to post to everyone, others have told us that they are more comfortable sharing with a smaller group, like just their friends," the company wrote in announcing the changes.
So what's different?
For starters, any new Facebook members' profiles will default to sharing with friends only (instead of "public") for the first post.
People already on Facebook will see a new "privacy checkup" tool that walks users through some of the social networks' privacy controls. It looks like this:
So, let Facebook listen if you'd like. Then pay attention to privacy.
(Top photo by the Associated Press.)