For someone who is looking for a way to cut through the clutter, good news comes when Facebook now has plan to offer different feeds based on content categories, you may soon be in luck.
This is the next step in a process started by the company in October when it began allowing some users to see specialized interest feeds on the web. The new feeds were spotted by Jason Stein on Twitter.
According to reports, Facebook’s latest feature, which is in testing process, would permit users to browse across multiple feeds instead of just one main News Feed. The feeds would organize stories from people and pages into different topics, such as “style” and “travel.” There’s no indication that the main News Feed will change in any way.
The social network is testing multiple News Feeds inside its mobile app. Even now, the feature has already been available for select users. In addition to the main feed, tabs for specific topics like Style, Travel and Headlines line the top of the interface. When you select one, the feed is distilled down to relevant posts from your friends and Pages you follow. Facebook says the feature is in the testing phase, so it could be a bit before its open to all users.
The feature was first spotted by Jason Stein, founder and CEO of social media agency Laundry Service.
According to an emailed statement of a Facebook spokesperson, “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. “So we are testing feeds for people to view different stories from people and Pages based on topic areas. You can access these feeds from your Bookmarks, located underneath Favorites, or a navigation bar under Search.”
In addition to those curated News Feeds, Facebook is also testing wider rollout of the “Marketplace” feature that it’s been working on for a few months now. Known simply as “Shopping,” this feature was tested as far back as October of this year, but was buried behind the main section of the app.
While that section is currently a bit buried, a test version of the app situates it at the bottom of the main window between Requests and Notifications, replacing the Messenger button.
According to the latest tests, the “Marketplace” icon replaces the Facebook Messenger icon at the bottom of the iOS app, pushing the “Messenger” icon to the top — adjacent to the search bar, similar to the where it’s found on the Android app. Users will go to a shopping page when tapping on the new icon, where you can browse (and buy) items that are being sold by the various Pages you’ve liked. Facebook confirmed that only a small percentage of people in the US can access it, and that it’s far from being widely rolled out.
The new feature is only being in test, meaning that there’s nothing to ensure these multiple feeds will roll out more widely. Big tech companies like Facebook and Google often test new features with small groups of users to see what resonates. Not all of these features become permanent.