Facebook Launches Trending for Android, Divides Topics Into Sections

By David Cohen 

TrendingDecember2014Update650Updates to Facebook’s Trending feature are trending on the social network Wednesday, as the feature is now available via Android for mobile users (with iOS “coming soon”), and trending topics are now divided into up to five different sections.

Facebook debuted Trending in January for users in the U.S., U.K., Canada, India and Australia.

Product managers Diana Hsu and Andrew Song detailed the updates to Trending in a Newsroom post:

Today we’re bringing Trending to mobile and making it easy for people to explore stories from different sources.

Now, when you tap on a topic in Trending, you’ll see conversations organized in up to five different sections:

  • Articles shows you how news organizations are covering the story.
  • In the Story shows you posts from people who are part of the story.
  • Friends and Groups shows you what people in your network are saying.
  • Near the Scene shows you posts from people near where the story is unfolding.
  • Live Feed shows you a real-time stream of reactions from people around the world.


The feed below the new sections will continue to display relevant posts ranked by engagement, timeliness and other factors.

The way that your Trending topics are determined hasn’t changed, and as always, only public posts and posts that you are in the audience for (like updates from friends or groups that you belong to) will be shown in Trending.

The new Trending experience begins rolling out today, and will be available to people on Facebook in the U.S. for the web and Android. Support for iOS and other countries is coming soon.

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Readers: What do you think of the improvements to Facebook’s Trending feature?