Facebook just launched a feature that makes it easier than ever to hook up with your Facebook friends.

Facebook just launched a feature that makes it easier than ever to hook up with your Facebook friends.
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Oh, trust me, she knows why...

Facebook isn't stupid. They know they have to keep their user numbers up amongst future generations, and the best way to do that is to make sure people who use Facebook create offspring who will follow in their parents' footsteps. That might be why they just made it easier than ever for Facebook friends to ask Facebook friends whether they're down or what?

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Introducing the "Ask" button. If you're one of those people who hasn't filled in your relationship status, either because it's too depressing to think about or it's so "it's complicated" that not even "it's complicated" will sum it up, your Facebook friends will now see a little "Ask" button next to your relationship status when they stalk your profile. It's basically the equivalent of the best friend character in the rom-com pushing the lead to "go on, ask him out, what do you have to lose?"

When you click the button, Facebook offers you an "Include a note..." field to let the object of your desire know why you're asking. Then when the request is sent, your beloved-from-afar is given a list of relationship statuses with which they can reply. 

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They're also offered the option to change the status on their profile to avoid confrontations like this one in the future.

Granted, Facebook now throws an "Ask" button next to any bio details you leave out, like high school, college and hometown, but who seriously gives a crap about those? The real innovation here is Facebook is basically shouting at you, "Stop going through her photo albums like a weirdo. Just ask her already. Life is meant to be lived, man! It's meant to be lived!!!"

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If only this button was around to help all those people who've shown just how terrible they are at coming on to their Facebook friends.

(by Bob Powers)

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