Facebook’s latest changes make it easier to spot trending topics

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Facebook Trending stories

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Facebook has redesigned the trending page you normally see when you click on Trending topics. Facebook’s Ali Ahmadi, Product Manager, and John Angelo, Product Designer announced the changes on Wednesday.

According to the social media giant, the redesigned page will make it easier for you to discover other publications that are covering your stories. “You’ll be able to see the new results page on iPhone in the US, and we plan to make it available on Android and desktop soon,” Facebook said today.

When next you log in to your Facebook account and click on a Trending topic, you will see a carousel with stories from other publications about a particular topic that you can swipe through. The goal is to help people feel more informed about particular news in their region.

One of the things we regularly hear from people who use Trending is that it can be difficult to find in the Facebook mobile app. We’re soon beginning a test in News Feed that will show people the top three Trending stories, which they can click on to see the full list of Trending topics and explore what people are discussing on Facebook.”

The changes are gradually being rolled out by the social media company; so, it is possible that you might not see the new changes on your News Feed yet. However, if you are among the lucky few that has seen the changes, but still feel like you don’t need them, you can remove them. Simply go to the drop-down menu and make the needed changes, which will of course, prevent it from appearing in the future.

The new trends carousal, however, is rolling out to iOS today, while Android and desktop will have their turn pretty soon.

On Tuesday, Facebook added a new option to help you watch Live videos privately with your friends. Called Live Chat With Friends, the new option allows you to invite friends already watching the streams of others you feel might be interested.

Your friends would have to accept your invitation before they can join your broadcast. Once your invitation has been accepted by your friend, you and the person you add will appear in a split screen. This is the case when you go live on landscape. To invite someone to join your live video chat, simply tap on the person’s comment.

Still being tested in a few countries, you can jump back and forth between the public conversation and your private chat for the duration of the broadcast. Conversation with friends can be continued after the broadcaster has stopped streaming.

Facebook’s intention is quite clear with Live Chat With; what it wants to do is to help you sift through seas of comments, and engage in meaningful conversations. Being able to invite your friends to private conversation keeps spam away.

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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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