Facebook Testing Twitter-Like 'Happening Now' Feature

Facebook Starts Testing Twitter-Like Feature

Soon, Facebook may be just a little bit more like Twitter.

The company has just begun to test a feature that displays a real-time feed of what a user's friends are doing, like sharing and liking links, adding friends and more. The feature, called "Happening Now," is displayed in a bar on the right side of a user's homepage.

Facebook provided the following statement to The Next Web, explaining that the feature will eventually roll out to more people.

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.

The feed looks, and feels, a lot like real-time network Twitter, though curiously, the feed does not contain status updates. It displays news that has traditionally been seen in the standard News Feed, though with less information, lacking the comments and link descriptions usually present.

Check out an image of the feature here (via The Next Web).

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