01 May 2019
Facebook is reportedly working on changing the way users consume content on its smartphone apps. In its current form, Facebook shows content in the form of News Feed and Stories. The app shows Stories in horizontally aligned bubbles at the top followed by the usual News Feed. But as per a new finding, the team is working on merging News Feed and Stories into a single carousel.
This new Facebook feature is currently under testing and was first spotted by well-known app researcher Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane). She tweeted an animated GIF demonstrating the new interface in action. The first major thing that you will notice straight away is that the new carousel interface is browsable from left to right. In other words, it is meant to be consumed like Stories instead of the traditional scrolling from top to bottom.
Facebook is testing to turn News Feed into Story Feed pic.twitter.com/83H7VWcgmD— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 15, 2019
Next up, this new interface is a mixture of both News Feed and Stories. It means instead of having dedicated areas, Facebook is thinking of showing both types of content at a single place. It is unknown whether Facebook will completely ditch the currently available functionality or it will offer the option of choosing between the two.
It is also worth noting that there is no surety if Facebook will actually roll out this change. But considering the investments, it has made on Stories and its ultimate goal of increasing user engagement for the format, it would not be surprising to see that happening.