Facebook adds music clips in comments to add new context to your replies

Here’s a feature that no one asked for and that won’t be boring in any way.

Some Facebook users have noticed a new pop-up in the app alerting them that they can now insert music into their Facebook comments.

As you can see in this example, shared by a social media expert Matt Navarreyou can now add music videos in your message replies, providing another way to play your favorite tunes and promote artists in chat.

The process is powered by the same system as the music sticker in stories, allowing you to search for tracks by tapping the music note icon to the right of the comments panel. You can then select a segment of the track to offer as a sample, which could be another way to add context to your remarks, link others to new music/artists, make references comedy via clips of Rick Astley, etc.

Although I can’t imagine this will be hugely popular – but then again, maybe I’m too old, or just missing the point, and see there might be apps where this would be a commitment convenient prompts in the app.

But as others have noted, it looks a bit like MySpace.

Facebook actually tried to go full MySpace on this front in 2018, with an option to add your favorite song on your Facebook profileand pin it to the top, just below your display name.

Facebook music on profiles

It brought me back. Remember when tracks played automatically when people visited your MySpace profile, so you could blast people with the latest bits of metal to welcome them into your world? A truly inviting and engaging social media experience. I wonder why MySpace failed.

Yes, as any budding DJ can attest, forcing people to listen to your favorite music isn’t usually a route to optimal interaction – but maybe, providing audio clips as a point of reference in your comments, it could be a nice addition. And while I don’t think they’ll become the new GIFs, there could be some interesting uses. Perhaps. I do not know.

Either way, some users are seeing the new prompt appear in the app, and it might be worth experimenting to see what it looks like and what you can do with it.

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