New FaceBook Feature in Testing

In the early afternoon on the 1st of July I first noticed what I think CNET is now reporting on as a News Feed face-lift.

A FaceBook representative described the change as, “a feature within News Feed that gives people the ability to see what their friends are commenting on and ‘liking,’ as these actions are being taken on Facebook”.

As you can see from the screenshots below, this sidebar seems to be what the representative is describing. Real-time updates of what my friends are doing. The best way I can describe it is like the Most Recent stream, except with comments, likes, friendings and taggings. Then, upon clicking the post or whatever it may be, you can view more details about that particular item in a popup, and if applicable, comment on it. If it’s a like, you’re able to also like the item. If it’s a friend addition, you can also add their new friend as a friend if you wish.

The representative also remarked that, “this test includes a small percentage of Facebook users, just a fraction of a percent. In the coming weeks, as we learn more from this test, we’ll keep making improvements and may expand it to more people.”

The only changes I’ve seen so far are various UI tweaks (though the bar has ostensibly remained in the sameplace) such as merging with the Chat list half-way down.

Apart from a brief blip for five days between the 2nd and 7th of July, the bar has remained on the right-hand side of my screen since its introduction.


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