Using Facebook on a mobile device just got a whole lot trendier — trending topics, that is.
Like its counterpart on Twitter, Facebook's "Trending" section is where many users go to keep up with what's going on in the news and to see what's popular on the Web each day. The company launched Trending on its website in January 2014, but mobile users had no way to access it. Now, mobile Facebookers can get their news on the go, too.
In addition to coming to mobile devices, Trending is getting quite the upgrade. Conversations about trending topics will be organized in up to five different sections, according to Facebook's news blog. These sections include the following:
- Articles– This shows you how different news organizations are covering a specific story or topic.
- In the Story– This displays posts from people who are involved with the story or topic.
- Friends and Groups– This section shows you what people in your network are saying about the story or topic.
- Near the Scene– This shows you posts from people who are near where the story is taking place.
- Live Feed– This displays a real-time stream of posts regarding the topic or story from people around the world.
Below these new sections, the feed will still display "relevant posts ranked by engagement, timeliness and other factors," Facebook wrote. The company also noted that the way trending topics are determined hasn't changed, and it won't have any impact on users' privacy.
"[A]s 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," Facebook wrote.
The new Trending update started rolling out this week to people in the United States, on both the Web and Android devices. Facebook said that support for both iOS and other countries is coming soon.