December 30, 2015

A new year with new Facebook features! Do you like it?

Right now, the social media giant is testing a new feature that allows users to search through multiple feeds based on certain interests. But don't worry the main news feed isn't going anywhere, you will just have other options such as 'Sports' or 'Style' to choose from
You could see a major change to your #Facebook News Feed.

The social media giant is testing a new feature on its mobile platform that allows users to search through multiple feeds based on their interests.


The main news feed isn't going anywhere, but users will have other options such as 'Sports' or 'Style' to choose from.

This update was first noticed by Jason Stein, co-founder of WindForce Ventures, who let the world know about it in a Tweet on Tuesday. The secondary feeds 'borrow heavily' from Facebooks Paper app, according to The Verge, as it automatically organizes posts from people and pages you follow into different sections or feeds
'People have told us they'd like new options to see and have conversations about more stories on Facebook around specific topics they're interested in,' a Facebook spokesperson told The Verge.

'So we are testing feeds for people to view different stories from people and Pages based on topic areas.'


This new update was first noticed by Jason Stein, co-founder of WindForce Ventures, who let the world know about it in a Tweet on Tuesday.

The secondary feeds 'borrow heavily' from Facebooks Paper app, according to The Verge, as it automatically organizes posts from people and pages you follow into different sections or feeds.

The Verge reports that Facebook is also testing its new Marketplace feature, which will allow users to purchase products simply by clicking an ad.

The plan is have the Marketplace icon replace the Messenger icon on the mobile app, giving users quick accessibility to the shopping page. Products listed on the pages will vary from person to person, as they are based on Pages each individual has liked on their page
The plan is have the Marketplace icon replace the Messenger icon on the mobile app, giving users quick accessibility to the shopping page.

Products listed on the pages will vary from person to person, as they are based on Pages each individual has liked on their page.


This feature is available, but only to a few lucky users in the US.

Earlier this month, Facebook rolled out modification to the News Feed that allows users to comment, share and like posts even when they are offline.

According to Facebook, by caching content on users' smartphones, they will be able to access to relevant unread content.

In a blog post, the social network said that the improvements are aimed at 'improving News Feed for everyone, no matter [their] connection speed or device.'

The tweaks will affect the way stories appear in a user's feed when they are using a weak or intermittent connection, such as on their morning commute.

This could also prove to be a boon for users in developing countries, many of whom may be accessing Facebook on phones over slower 2G connections

Currently, when the News Feed loads, Facebook's algorithm pulls in the latest and most relevant stories for the user.

However, the majority of users may only scroll through the first few stories, meaning there is a wealth of unread posts.

The new update takes this into account, as well as checking whether images are available for stories.
Altogether, it means that users will be able to access new, previously unread content.





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