An update Wednesday to Facebook’s iOS app borrows from Foursquare, showing detailed information — context cards — over the News Feed after a user checks in or after they link to something like a movie or song in a status update.
Facebook notes that this is a test that will roll out to iOS users starting today.
For instance, if you check in at a local park or restaurant, Facebook will show which friends have also checked in there and how recently, as well as photos from their experiences. If you post a structured status update saying that you’re listening to a certain artist or watching a movie, it will show friend who have done the same.
A Facebook spokesperson explained this new feature:
These cards can help you discover information about where you are or what to do next, or inspire conversations with your friends around you. This feature respects all existing privacy settings, and the card will only show you information that you could already see elsewhere on Facebook.
The feature also injects some color into the Facebook app. Within these new info cards, friends’ birthdays will be shown in blue (and include a prompt to write on their timeline), location information red, photos yellow.
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