Facebook notifies you when your friends listen to a song, post a photo, mention your name, and take a breath (or so it feels sometimes). Now, the social network is also experimenting with new alerts that tell users how long it's been since they last posted something on Facebook and how many of their friends have recently checked the site -- a "subtle nudge" to get less active users to contribute, notes All Facebook.
For example the prompt, which appears at the top of the page, might read, "520 friends logged in recently," or "Your friends haven't seen a post from you in 2 days," according to Techie Buzz.
That got us thinking: We get a huge (and growing) number of notifications from Facebook concerning all sorts of trivial details about our friends' lives. What if the social network were to notify us about things we actually care about? If we could pick the notifications we saw, what would we want to see?
Forget how many of your friends recently logged on; we'd rather know about who looked at our profile and when our friends untag a really bad picture. Now that is useful information.
Check out the slideshow below to view 14 notifications we wish we had on Facebook. What do you want to add to our list? Let us know if the comments section, tweet them to us at @HuffPostTech, or click the "Add A Slide" button below. [Hat Tip: @Blakeley]
When Someone Unfriends You
Depressing, but we can't help ourselves.
When Mom And Dad Join Facebook
So we can hide some photos and temper our status updates.
When Someone Untags Herself In A Facebook Photo
It's usually not because they were about to blink -- and now we just want to see it more.
When Someone Deletes Their Profile
Guess we won't be hearing from you again! So many people threaten to quit Facebook -- we'd like to know who actually <em>does</em>.
When An Advertiser Finds Out More About You Than You'd Like
...and Facebook collects a bit of cash thanks to the status update you just shared.
When New Parents Post Photos NOT Of Their Child
New parents generally post photos <em>only</em> of their newborn (it's pretty miraculous how many things new parents can find to share about their babies...) Infants can be adorable, but at some point, we'd like a change of pace.
When A Pet Owner Post A Picture NOT Of Their Dog Or Cat
Pet owners, like new parents, can also be very one-track-minded.
When Someone Stalks You For An Inapropriate Amount Of Time
You really should see all you need to see in five, maybe 10 minutes. Breach that time limit, and we should get stalker alerts.
When Someone Searched For Their Ex's Profile
On second thought... we don't want that. You'd be hearing from us an awful lot...
When Your Parents Click On Spam
"WOW I can't believe that you can see who is viewing your profile! I just saw My Top 10 Profile and Photo Peekers and I am SHOCKED!! You can also see WHO VIEWED YOUR PROFILE here."
When Your Ex Breaks Up With Their Current Squeeze
When You Post Too Many Humblebrags
"I didn't sleep for four years, but I graduated as valedictorian!" "I've been so busy, I somehow lost 15 pounds!" Enough.
When People Are Lying About How Much Fun They Are Having
When Your Crush Uploads New Pictures
You only have 300 photos to flip through -- gimme more!