Last week, we reported on several Facebook design changes including updates to Facebook Chat and a revamped sidebar. Today, it looks like the new “mini” News Feed is in the processing of rolling out to more users. Tips are starting to roll in of a revamped Facebook, which includes a miniature real-time News Feed on the right side of the page. In some cases, this feed is labeled “Ticker.”
The new live ticker shows all the activity from your Facebook friends as it happens, which is different than how the Facebook News Feed operates today. With the main News Feed, advanced algorithms are used to surface the most interesting and relevant updates, based on a number of factors, including likes, comments and how often you’ve interacted with those friends.
The Ticker, however, shows everything: likes, comments, status updates, new photos, updates from pages you’re a fan of…in other words, the works.
Facebook’s Statement on the new feature :
“We are currently testing a feature within News Feed that gives people the ability to see what their friends are commenting on and “liking”, as these actions are being taken on Facebook. This test includes a small percentage of Facebook users, just a fraction of a percent. In the coming weeks, as we learn more from this test, we’ll keep making improvements and may expand it to more people.”