Facebook Timeline lets you see who has unfriended you

Summary:Facebook lets you know every time you make a new friend on the social network, but it doesn't tell you when you lose one. The new Facebook Timeline feature lets you figure that out.

Update: Facebook has disabled this new feature, which was clearly not supposed to be there. "It's been fixed now," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. The original article is below.

Currently, Facebook does not notify you when someone unfriends you on the social network. That may soon change with the upcoming Facebook Timeline feature, which will be replacing your current Facebook profile.

Unless Facebook changes this, you can actually see who has unfriended you during any point in time you've been on the social network. Here's how (via BuzzFeed):

  1. Get the new Facebook Timeline feature. There's an official way and an unofficial way.
  2. Choose a prior year on your Facebook Timeline and click on the number of friends you connected with that year in the Friends box.
  3. Click on the "Made x New Friends" list – anyone with an Add Friend link next to their name either unfriended you, or you unfriended them.

If this is too much for you, stop now. If you can't get enough, repeat steps 2 and 3 with another year.

The Facebook Timeline feature is currently in beta, so it's very possible that Facebook will change how this feature works. It would not be very hard for the social network to only list people you are still Facebook friends with.

I've asked Facebook about this little tidbit and will update this article if I hear back. I bet this is one of the things Palo Alto will want to consider tweaking before it rolls out the Timeline to everyone.

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Topics: Social Enterprise

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Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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