Facebook now wants you to explore what’s trending in 5 topics



Facebook continues to experiment with organizing the Trending area on its homepage by different topics, a test it began in April.

Currently, the social network has five topics that users can toggle between — All News, Politics, Science and Tech, Sports, and Entertainment — and are represented by small, recognizable icons, including a soccer ball for Sports and an old-school film camera for Entertainment

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Given that Facebook usually spends a few weeks testing out experiments before rolling them out in some form, expect this smarter, more evolved an update to your homepage very soon Read more…

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Reddit Offers Trending Subreddits on Front Page



If you follow the front page of Reddit, you may notice it looks a little different Friday.

Following the trend of listing trends, Reddit has added a trending section to its main page, which drives more traffic to smaller communities, know as subreddits.

The feature was launched Thursday, when moderator Umbrae officially announced it in this post: “We’re exploring a new way to show subreddits that have gained in popularity lately by showing you 5 trending subreddits on the front page.”

The trending section will contain SFW (safe for work) subreddits only. And what defines a trending subreddit? That’s still unknown — on purpose. The lure of Reddit front page traffic is so strong, the company fears, it may induce cheating. Read more…

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Facebook Will Now Tell You What’s Most Popular On Facebook



Facebook will now surface trending topics alongside the News Feed, using a new product the company simply calls “trending.” Trending will show a personalized list of popular topics for each user, combining their interests with content getting the most attention across the entire platform, Facebook announced on Thursday.

Each trend will include a short description, and users can click on the trend to see a list of posts and articles related to that topic

Facebook will determine which topics are trending with an algorithm intended to recognize “a sharp increase in popularity,” not necessarily a large volume of posts or articles about a particular subject, according to a spokesperson. In other words, subjects that are always popular on Facebook won’t always be trending; this will only happen when that subject experiences a spike in mentions. Read more…

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