According to Facebook, you don’t care who or how many people see your status updates and posts. The issue over whether or not the site is purposefully hiding this number has been debated recently; though Facebook says the only reason you don’t see the impressive (or, as most have found, pitiful) number next to your posts is because you don’t really want to know what it is. Does it add to your user experience to know that as many as 100 or as few as three people checked out that photo status update about your dinner?
I don’t know you, so who’s to say? It’s seems like a complete matter of opinion. Personally, I don’t care at all and think read receipts of all shapes and sizes are sort of horrible. But others might like the idea of making sure the crowd they were hoping to make an impression on was … impressed.
The point is, there are many, many things going on under the hood at Facebook. Things we wouldn’t even think of until they become unearthed. Maybe these little mysteries could improve Facebook, or maybe they’re issues we didn’t know we were having with the site. Honestly, though, before we start investigating these new possibilities or problems, there are few important Facebook features and functions that the social network needs to address.