Facebook’s new Did You Know feature asks you to answer icebreaker questions

Facebook has started to include personality question prompts that appear on users’ profile pages, as spotted by TechCrunch. The questions, which are generally cutesy in nature, can be found in the lower left of desktop profiles as “Did You Know,” or just above your most recent status on mobile as “Fun Facts.”

Posited as a way to share an icebreaker about yourself, there’s the ability to cycle through several different prompts until you land on one you’d like to answer. If you choose to answer one, it will be posted as a text status with a colored background, under new category “Answer a Question.”

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Most of the questions that are presented are pretty straightforward, like “If I could pick any gift to…

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