Although you might not notice all of the them, it seems like Facebook rolls out a new minor tweak or significant change to its vast platform almost every other week -- some more useful than others. But now, it looks like the company is testing a feature you can actually appreciate: a new post type that basically works like a tweet.
As explained in a report by The Verge, Facebook is giving some users the ability to create posts that will only appear in the News Feed and won't end up on your profile's Timeline. In other words, these posts will be visible to your friends, but they will ultimately end up being pushed down by more recent items in your mutual News Feeds -- you know, like tweets on Twitter.
Users who are in the test group will see a new checkbox (pictured above) titled "Hide From Your Timeline" that appears next to the existing News Feed post button that allows you to set the privacy settings of your post. So far, it doesn't look like the option is available on Facebook's iPhone app.
Again, only some Facebook users are part of the test, so it remains to be seen how the new feature will affect what your News Feed will look and feel like. But, as you can imagine, the new posts sound perfect for things you might otherwise be hesitant to share like gratuitous food photos, all 800 of your check-ins while on vacation, and even your latest hot take on the current election cycle. In a statement to The Verge, Facebook said the test comes in response to users interest in such a post type and to "make it even easier to control where your posts live."
So, while new profile photo options are cool, this latest development might actually make Facebook noticeably better.