Is Facebook going the twitter way ? We all know Facebook has a very large user base and with so many social reading apps coming up in last 6 months or so, Facebook has also started getting lot of traction even for social reading. There were reports a few weeks back that Facebook has started to test a feature named as ‘Trending Articles’ on a few profiles.
Today I spotted a smaller version of the Trending Article feature in my news feed. Well it just sits in the middle of your news feed , displaying 5 articles that are trending right now. Here is a screenshot of the same.
I am still not sure how Facebook decides what articles need to be displayed as a ‘Trending Articles’ , whether it is a global trend or a trend that has been followed by your friends, or a combination. Another thing that is to be noted whether these Articles are needed by an user, or if he finds them intrusive.
I felt it to be non necessary feature, as I already felt the same about ‘Recently Read’ articles by friends displayed by most social reading app.
Do you see ‘Trending Articles’ feature enabled on your feed. And do you like it or not ? Let us know in comments.