How to: be a Face­book cou­ple

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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’’.

RC

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