Facebook has finally released Trending, its Twitter-like monitoring feature showcasing breaking news from around the world, on the mobile platform. The feature has currently been released on Android, and will soon be launched on the iOS app as well. Also Read - Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) server busy error: How to fix the issue in simple tips
Introduced in January, Trending provides users with popular news stories from around the world, while also listing popular content among other Facebook users. Placed on the right side of the screen, Trending also provides a small snippet at the bottom of the topic where it offers a brief summary. Upon clicking on the topic, the feature lists top conversations around that topic from across the world but gives high priority to posts on those topics by your friends and people you follow. Also Read - Best casual games for Android in July 2021
This is rather a welcoming move from the company, as in addition to fostering engagement on the site and the mobile app, it will also help people stay on top of news. Mobile users will be able to check stories as they are reported by media outlets. Also Read - Clubhouse no longer requires invite to join the audio-only app, open for all Android, iOS users
The company has also given the feature a structural makeover. Each trend consists of a five-pronged structure, including “Articles” that features stories covered in the news, “In the Story”, which showcases posts from people involved in the story (they don’t need to be your friends), and “Friends and Groups” which shows conversations around that topic by your friends. There’s also “Near the Scene” which features geo-located posts from people near a news event, and a “live Feed” which shows a real-time stream of reactions from Facebook users.
Over the last couple of years, the role of aggregators has become prominent in the media industry. With Trending, Facebook wanted to become the platform where people come to discover news and other important content in addition to updates from their friends and an awful amount of memes. By bringing Trending to mobile, the company is encouraging its mobile users to check Facebook for news, too.