Facebook debuts a Twitter-like ‘Latest Conversations’ feature that shows public posts about buzzing topics

Facebook debuts a Twitter-like ‘Latest Conversations’ feature that shows public posts about buzzing topics

Author: Sarah Perez / Source: TechCrunch Facebook is rolling out a new feature called “Latest Conversations” in its search results that w

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Facebook is rolling out a new feature called “Latest Conversations” in its search results that will show the most recent public posts about timely topics that a lot of people across its network are discussing. The unit gives you a wider view of what people are saying about a news story or other subject by exposing you to sentiments being expressed outside your social circle.

The ability to see public posts is not necessarily a new thing for Facebook, but this “Latest Conversations” unit is different from what was available previously. Before, when performing a broad keyword-based search on Facebook, the main search results page would display a mix of news articles, photos, videos, public posts, pages, groups and apps (if applicable) associated with the search term.

“Latest Conversations,” however, appears as its own section within the search results and includes a running — and live-updating! — counter showing how many people are talking about the topic right now.

This counter gives you an idea of how widely discussed the topic is on the Facebook network. It’s common to see a subject that more than a million users are actively posting about, for example.

The feature is not exactly an ideal means of understanding the news, or getting a sense of how most users feel about a topic. Often, the posts returned in “Latest Conversations” won’t only be in your native language, and will be from users around the world. (Offering a “translate” button here could go a long way.)

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