Follow Wired Twitter Facebook RSS Why Facebook Spent a Year Learning to Listen in on Your TV Shows reports that if you’re watching TV or listening to music and you feel like discussing it online, Facebook believes, nothing should stand in the way. Not even a few keystrokes.

The social networking giant spent more than a year developing its new audio sampling system, which can listen to a TV show or a song and then automatically mention it in your next Facebook status update. And for Facebook, that’s time well spent.

According to those who built the tool, the aim was to remove every last bit of friction from the way we reference bits of pop culture on the social network. “We really wanted to make it even easier to share music that’s playing or what TV shows you’re watching and make that a very easy part of posting a new story to Facebook,” says Facebook product manager Aryeh Selekman. But this is about more than just your own convenience.


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