Facebook apps (slowly) picking up newly specialized news feeds, Marketplace

Facebook’s always looking for new ways to engage with its users, and it feels like when we’re not talking about the service picking up new features, it’s changing its layout, or splitting features off into their own apps. Earlier this year we got a preview of some of the new directions Facebook was planning to head, learning about a dedicated “Shopping” feed and changes to how the app would present news, augmenting the main feed with several special-interest sub-feeds. While not everything is ready for prime-time just yet, new reports reveal that Facebook is publicly testing these changes with users of its mobile apps.

If you’re among those users Facebook has elected to try these changes with, you may start seeing the presence of things like a Travel, Style, and Headlines feed adjacent to your main News feed, letting you restrict content to those categories with just a swipe of your finger.

There’s also news of broader testing for Facebook’s new Marketplace feature, appearing as a new icon in the app’s bottom navigation row. Again, this one’s only in limited testing for the time being, but users trying it out will find themselves presented with the option to buy items both being sold by businesses you’ve already liked, as well as classified-like listings posted to groups you follow.

We don’t have a formal timetable for wider availability of either feature, but especially when it comes to the Marketplace, it sounds like Facebook isn’t in any particular rush to move past its current phase of testing.

Source: The Verge, Jason Stein (Twitter)

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