Facebook Takes A Leaf From Twitter, Rolls Out Trending Topics

Facebook has finally rolled out Trending Topics feature after the initial announcement in September last year. The big blue social network has launched this feature in the U.S., U.K., Canada, India, and Australia. Users from these countries will begin seeing the new Trending box on the top right side of the homepage.

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Users’ Trending lists will be personalized based on their interests, in addition to including topics that are spiking throughout Facebook, and each topic listed will include a headline explaining why that topic is trending. Clicking on the title to open a separate feed of dedicated articles, videos, photos, status updates from friends, public pages, and other fans. Only those posts that have been shared by friends or made ‘public’ will appear on the page.  Users will also find familiar faces at the top of those trending topic pages on which friends have commented. Posts from people or pages you are connected to will also rank higher in the feed, above other public posts.

The feature which is rolled out only for desktop and is not available on the mobile version of Facebook. However, the social network said it is testing the feature in its mobile apps. The trending topics feature was not available at the time of writing this article. Facebook has been trying to be a hub of public conversations and news for a long time now. The 1.2 billion user network is on the verge on releasing a news reader app this month.

This is not the first time Facebook has launched a feature that is similar to Twitter. Last year the social network unveiled hashtags and verified profiles and pages.

 

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