Facebook Announces Top Stories and News Ticker

Over the past few weeks, Facebook has been rolling out several new features. Last week, Facebook unveiled a new option for users to subscribe to the public posts by other Facebook users who are not their friends. Additionally, Facebook rolled out improved friend lists, which allows users to place friends on Facebook — and those they subscribe to — into lists. These lists can allow you to choose what you read, as well as who can see what you publish.

Today, Facebook has announced a new way users will read Facebook posts from other users. While the news feed previously displayed content chronologically, users will now be able to view the news feed as something like a personal newspaper, as Facebook explained in a blog post today. Facebook explains that now “You won’t have to worry about missing important stuff. All your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top.” These top stories will be marked with an easy-to-spot blue corner in the top left of the post, and users who only occasionally log in to Facebook will see this content in their news feed first.

Facebook introduces top stories and news tickerFacebook also announced it will be rolling out the News Ticker to all users. Spotted by some users throughout the past week, this ticker streams updates and activity from your Facebook friends in real time in a module above your chat buddy list. With the news ticker, you can click on a post and read it without leaving the page you are currently on. Users can also comment on a post right from the ticker.

These new features from Facebook come just days before Facebook is expected to announce a major profile redesign and new social buttons at the f8 conference on Thursday. The features announced today don’t seem to be live for all users yet, but are expected to launch no later than the f8 conference.

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