In the near future, Facebook would no longer remain just the socializing platform – it would also likely become a marketplace. Also Read - Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram account can get deleted if you do this
The social networking giant is testing a dedicated buying and selling community called ‘Local Market’, powered by Facebook groups. A number of Facebook users recently reported seeing the new feature appearing briefly in their Facebook iPhone app, sometimes in place of the “Messenger” button, Tech Crunch reported. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!
The feature, which is only in testing but not broadly distributed, is a more structured marketplace aimed at buyers and sellers, allowing Facebook users to browse through or post items to sell across a variety of product categories like autos, appliances, furniture, clothing, household, kids, books, and much more. Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
The new section included both a ‘Buy’ and ‘Sell’ interface, as well as a way to search across the marketplace for particular items using keywords.
Items available for sale are categorized, and include photos and prices.