Facebook Tests 'Happening Now' Feature

Facebook is currently testing a new version of the news feed that displays liking and commenting activity by a user's friends in real time.

Facebook is currently testing a new version of the news feed that displays liking and commenting activity by a user’s friends in real time.

The functionality that was first discovered by Amit Misra is pretty slick. While it’s odd that it would show up directly next to the “most recent” feed (pictured below), it’s an interesting way of discovering what your friends are up to. Probably most interesting is the inline display of content once you click on an item.

Whether or not Facebook will decide to implement this feature is unknown, but the company told The Next Web that it is indeed testing this feature, and provided more details about what it is:

“We are currently testing a feature within the 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.”

You can see screenshots of the new feature embedded below. Readers, have you seen anything similar in your own news feeds yet?