Facebook's now testing new name-pronunciation feature

Facebook is testing a new feature which will let your current and future friends know the correct way to pronounce your name.


Facebook is testing a new feature which will let your current and future friends know the correct way to pronounce your name. According to a report in Yahoo Tech, a limited number of users have this feature activated so far.

You can check if this feature has been activated on your profile by logging on to Facebook through your web browser. You will need to head to Profile > About. In the list of sub-menus, click on 'Details About You' section and you will notice a new option called 'Name Pronunciation' with a break down of your name and a small play button, to play back the pronunciation.

Facebook gives around three suggestions for the pronunciation. If you aren't happy with them, you can suggest your own.

"We’ve begun a small test of a feature that lets you indicate how your name is pronounced. The pronunciation will be displayed on your Profile along with an option for people to click to hear an audio playback. For now, we’re focusing this test on English speakers in the U.S." said Facebook in a response to Yahoo.

According to MIT Technology Review editor in chief, Jason Pontin, who had this feature activated, Facebook offered him the opportunity to suggest a better pronunciation of his name, but then ignored it. Since then, Facebook has improved the suggestion process says Yahoo.

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