Over the next few weeks we will start to see a list of trending topics on the right side of our Facebook page. It is a move much like Twitters which shows what is trending to keep readers on and in Facebook. So far it is not available on mobile apps but I am sure it will be in just a matter of time.
Here is some more information on this big change:
Facebook, which signaled last year that it would introduce trending topics at some point, said Thursday that the topics people see will be tailored to the user’s interests and location. On Thursday afternoon, two users saw topics that included the Academy Awards, American Idol and Republican Sen. David Vitter from Louisiana.Unlike Twitter, which simply lists topics, Facebook’s trending section explains why a particular topic is trending. In this case, the 2014 Academy Award nominations were announced, American Idol named new judges and promised a new attitude and Vitter introduced a bill that would require people show photo IDs to make purchases with food stamps.
Chris Stuhar, a software engineer at Facebook who works on the site’s news feed, said the feature is designed to uncover the most interesting content across the site and fits into the company’s broader effort to make Facebook “your personal newspaper.”
Facebook is already seen as a place where users go to find out what their friends and family are up to. Stuhar said learning that a friend got married or discovering what his friends are doing on a Friday night is “certainly news,” but Facebook has a “much broader vision of where we want news feed to go in the future.”
This will make Facebook a larger Twitter competitor by allowing people to be more in touch with trending topics and possibly creating conversations about it, thus engaging more interaction.
What do you think will also come out of this new Facebook trend?