Facebook confirms that it is testing a new feature that combines stories and news feed messages into one interchangeable carousel
- Facebook tests a carousel that combines messages from stories and news feeds
- Users can swipe through content or tap from left to right in a carousel
- Firma said it is still in the initial phase of testing and the tool may not be released
Facebook can radically change how users interact with content on the site.
The social media giant is testing a new feature that combines news feed and Facebook stories in a single, erasable carousel at the top of your dashboard, according to a researcher with an eagle eye Jane Manchun Wong.
Instead of scrolling through the feed from top to bottom, users swipe the content or tap left to right.
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Facebook has confirmed that it is testing a new feature that combines news feed and Facebook stories in a single, erasable carousel at the top of your dashboard
A Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch that the company is not testing the feature in public and is still in the very first development phase.
The spokesperson added that Facebook still needs to do more user research before it will test the feature more widely.
As with any test, it is unclear whether the carousel will actually mature.
In a GIF posted by Wong, photos and videos posted on Facebook stories can alternate between news feed messages such as articles shared by friends, profile photo updates, and other photos.
Wong also explained that sponsored messages from advertisers could also be seen in the new carousel.
This would provide a more robust stream of advertising revenue for Facebook, especially as it focuses on the post-News Feed era.
In a GIF posted by software engineer Jane Manchun Wong, photos & videos posted on Facebook stories can be alternated between news feed messages such as articles shared by their friends, profile photo updates, and other photos & # 39; s
Wong also explained that sponsored messages from advertisers could also be seen in the new carousel. This could create a more robust stream of advertising revenue for Facebook
At Facebook & # 39; s annual F8 developer conference last year, Facebook said it predicts stories will surpass feeds as the primary mode for sharing on social apps sometime this year.
Facebook Stories now has 300 million daily active users, while Instagram Stories has collected around 500 million active users.
It is because Facebook has slowly turned away from the news feed and to private, encrypted messages.
Earlier this year, the company announced the chat features of its & # 39; apps family & # 39; wants to integrate, including Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger.
Although it is still at an early stage, users can send each other a message via all apps in a secure format.
Many have suggested that this could mean the end of the news feed, one of the core functions of Facebook.
HOW FACEBOOK PRIORITATES FRIENDS IN YOUR FACT
So far, Facebook has prioritized material that the algorithms think people comment on, & # 39; likes & # 39; or other ways of showing interest.
But 33-year-old founder Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to change the focus to provide users with more meaningful social interactions. to offer.
The move will follow its resolution in 2018 to fix the site & # 39; & # 39 ;.
It is also a response to criticism that Facebook and its social media competitors reinforce users' opinions on social and political issues.
Critics also say that sites such as Facebook lead to addictive viewing habits.
Zuckerberg quoted research suggesting that & # 39; passive & # 39; reading on social media was harmful to people's mental health, while proactively dealing with friends was positive.
According to Adam Mosseri, Facebook & # 39; s New Feed boss, change means in practice
- Messages from friends and family get more attention from video, news and other content from formal Facebook pages, such as companies and celebrities
- The number of responses to a message counts more than the number of likes
- Posts where people have spent the time writing long comments take precedence over those with only short comments
- Although news and video still appear in the news feed, the number of friends it shares will be more than the general popularity
The shift could mean that the time people spend on Facebook and some engagement measures would decrease in the short term.
However, Zuckerberg said it would be better for users and for the company in the long run.