It’s not much of a change really, but it’s worth reporting that Facebook apps now have new design. You may probably not have spotted it, but comments now look very much like a conversation in your everyday chat app, and no longer like the way they used to be.
The whole idea behind this new change, according to TNW, is to make comments more readable, and to make it easier to identify those replying to your post or who’s replying to another user on the platform.
Facebook’s goal has always been to breathe more life into conversation, and to keep everyone on its platform engaged. The text bubble for example, will make everyone feel like they are having a really conversation in a messaging app.
To make text more readable, Facebook is using a brighter shade of blue as well as increased color contrast. Link previews, according to the report, are now slightly larger, and now consume the entire width of your screen, while the Like, Comment, and Share buttons are now larger.
Talking about links, there is a new ability to see where a link is taking you before clicking on it.
The new look Facebook apps will be rolling out in the coming weeks, and might not have popped up on your version of the apps just yet.
In other Facebook news, the company announced on Monday that its Marketplace service is being extended to 17 more countries. At launch, the service was only available in markets like the US, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand on mobile.
Facebook Marketplace is a feature fashioned much like Craigslist and eBay, but a bit friendlier in terms of finding things to buy online. It lets you browse a feed that is relevant to your needs and from people who live nearby, while also allowing you to quickly list your own stuff for sale. It’s even integrated with the Messenger, which lets you arrange a meet-up with a buyer or seller or negotiate price.
The idea of adding this platform is a brilliant one considering the fact that you can actually know the person you are dealing with—quite different and safer than the Craigslist’s way of dealing with someone anonymously. The real deal here is the Facebook profile of the individual—you are able to find out a few things before concluding a deal.
Still on Marketplace, the Craigslist rival began showing a new Daily Deals tab on the mobile app for a handful of users. This new arrangement allows users to browse eBay deals inside the Facebook apps. However, users must have to eBay to checkout.
“We’re conducting a test to determine if people are interested in shopping for discounted products when they visit Marketplace,” a Facebook representative told The Verge. It is still early days and the feature may eventually not see the light of the day or may still get a global rollout.
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