How to: be a Facebook couple
WANT to set up a Couples Profile on Facebook? Chances are you already have. Facebook recently introduced couples pages that link people who nominate each other as being ‘‘in a relationship’’, whether they wanted their relationship documented or not.
What it is
It’s a Facebook profile page that shows all the publicly shared information between the two members of the couple. It shows a timeline of the updates, photos and events in which both of you have been tagged, even nominating a group photo from the archives as a header. This is not an opt-in page you request. If you have indicated a relationship status as ‘‘engaged,’’ ‘‘married’’ or ‘‘in a relationship’’ to a specified Facebook member, Facebook will have generated the page for you. It is similar to Friendship pages that have been a Facebook feature for several years, but it is easier to find with a dedicated web address.
Where it is
Go to facebook.com/us to find the couples page for you and that special person in your life. The page will appear as long as you are logged into Facebook on the computer.
Howto manage it
The good news is that it manages itself. That, to the many critics of it, is also the worst feature. An article in the British press found ‘‘it makes me want to vomit’’ was a common reaction to the cuteness of being part of a compulsory couple on Facebook. If you really want to, there is a way you can get rid of the couples page. Just change your relationship status so you remove the link to their name from your relationship status. If you do that, the couple’s web address will just take you to your ‘‘about’’ page — and you can just tell your significant other that ‘‘it’s not about you, it’s me’’.