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In a latest development, Facebook is taking a page out of Twitter’s playbook by rolling out a new feature that’ll show you posts from strangers.
The new feature is called latest conversations. After searching a news topic, Facebook will now display public user generated posts from users outside your own personal network, along with a live ticker estimating the number of people engaging with the topic.
The latest conversations tab shows up beneath the Photos and News sections when you search for something on Facebook. It’s a nice touch to watch the number of people in the conversation rise and fall — if you sit long enough, you might conceivably watch a trend rise and fall before your eyes.
That said, the posts might not necessarily give you a deeper understanding of the topic at hand. But at the very least, the new feature does help contextualize the scope of the conversation taking place around a topic.
Not every topic is given the latest conversations treatment and the attention might only last as long as a trend is hot. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that the new feature is more than just one of the many A/B tests that crop up from time to time on the network.
The social network also confirmed that it’s testing out a new feature for the News Feed in an attempt to broaden perspectives on less pressing matters, potentially taking the focus away from moderator-managed Pages.