Facebook is testing a new feature that will point out the common thing you have with other random users from your neighbourhood or people with whom you went to the same university.

The feature is named “things in common,” designed to help you connect with random users who commented on public posts, the feature is currently available for only a few users in the US, displays information of a user has in common with people they are not friends with.

For example, if you read comments on a public page – say a branded profile or a publisher’s page, Facebook will highlight the things you have in common with the people who have left comments, even if they are not your friends. The label may also highlight if you are a part of common groups, if you work for the same organisation or whether you went to the same university.

Facebook has also clarified that the tags the feature will use will not violate a user’s privacy as they only show information that is publicly available and all these information can be seen by random people who visit your profile.

“Knowing shared things in common helps people connect,” a Facebook spokesperson said “We’re testing adding a ‘things in common’ label that will appear above comments from people who you’re not friends with but you might have something in common with. Only the information that people made publicly available on their profiles will be eligible to show up.” 

According to An IANS report had stated that people globally spent a whopping 85 billion hours on the Facebook-owned WhatsApp in the last three months.