If there is one thing you can rely on with the social networking giant Facebook, it’s change. The site is constantly updating and reinventing itself, concentrating on creating as compelling and high quality an experience as possible for its 1.79 billion active users.It was announced recently that Facebook was trialling an alternative news feed – designed to confront users with content outside of their own social bubble, based on their likes and interests (but, notably, solely from pages that the user has not already liked). This was seen as a further move toward more video-led content on the site, as well as a bid to make Facebook a worldwide community, rather than the oft-lamented social bubble that some had perceived as limiting the platform.
It was also announced that Facebook would be launching a reactions feature that would see a much-discussed dislike button introduced for the first time. The feature was introduced for a small number of users last month and is available to use, initially at least, solely on the Messenger app.Quick to point out that it did not want the new update to encourage negative views and cyber-bullying, Facebook said that the button was intended as useful tool in group conversations, when users might want to vote on a particular topic. The Messenger app last year reached the one billion user milestone, after WhatsApp also achieved the feat.
It has now been announced that Facebook have begun testing a new feature that will see users’ timelines appear rather different to its current, familiar style.The social media giant is trialling speech bubbles of text in the comments section of timeline posts, along the same visual lines as the Messenger app’s appearance.A representative for Facebook explained the rationale behind the proposed change in style:“We are always working to make Facebook a more visual and engaging place to have conversations.” they said, “So we’re testing multiple design updates in News Feed, including a more conversational way to comment on posts.”It does not seem clear when and indeed if the proposed change will come into effect for all users, but, with Facebook constantly innovating, one thing is for certain; there will be more change on the way from the social networking colossus.
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