Facebook may combine News Feed and Stories into one interface
Facebook is up for a change and this time around the social media giant is planning to change the look and feel of its main app by combining the News Feed and Stories section of its app into a single swipe-able interface.
According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who is famous for reverse engineering social media apps, Facebook is experimenting with a new interface within its main app that would combine News Feed and Stories such that both would exist alongside each other with users having to swipe left to access updates to Stories and News Feed.
As of now, the interface of Facebook's main app is such that Stories sits directly on top of News Feed. While users have to swipe right to access more stories, they have to swipe down to see updates to the news feed. But now these two features are likely to exists side-by-side in a single rotating interface.
But there is a caveat, the timer in the stories doesn't pause when Facebook users are reading a long post. This means whether users are checking out a story or a post in the News Feed, they would have just six seconds to finish reading the post before the carousal turns revealing the next post.
Here's an example of how Stories are shown together with regular PostsJane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 15, 2019
The left side is a regular photo post of my friend changing profile picture. The right side is my friend's Story. And both of these are shown within the same UI pic.twitter.com/Fi2Mfqg2rX
Facebook has reponded to the developing saying that at the moment it is in the early stages of prototyping the feature and the social media firm needs to test and experiment with the feature before the feature is made available to the users. "We are currently not testing this publicly," a Facebook spokesperson told the US-based media channels in a statement.
Notably, News Feed and Stories are not the only sections that Facebook is experimenting with. Reports suggest that the social media giant is also planning to merge its Messenger app with its main app. While the icon is expected to remain, it, instead of taking the Facebook users to a separate app would take them to the chat window. As per a tweet by Wong, Facebook Chats isn't likely to replace Messenger's stand alone app but it is expected to improve interoperability between Facebook products and hence give users a choice if they want download a separate app for chatting with their Facebook friends.