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NEW YORK: Facebook joined Twitter on Thursday by announcing to add trending topics as its another feature, making it the real-time news hub.
The world’s biggest social media site with over 1.2 billion members has been testing the feature for months now.
The new feature will be added to users’ news feed pages to suggest popular trending news and topics. Called Trending, it will appear at the near top of the right-hand column for news feed.
Users in the US, India, Canada, Britain and Australia will have this feature on facebook.com in the next couple of weeks. In other countries, it will show up later.
In fact, Facebook had followed Twitter in introducing hashtags in its service last year. But it won’t use hashtags to organize trending topics.
The new feature is facebook’s goal to become the leading online hub for public conversation on current topics and issues. Unlike Twitter which is the larger platform for public conversation on various issues, facebook is restricted to conversation among friends.
With its new Trending feature, facebook aims to widen the circle of conversation to the global community.
But there will be a difference. While Twitter’s trending is just a list of topic names or hashtags, Facebook’s Trending will show three topics with headlines to let users know at a glance what the conversation is all about.
The three topics that will show up on Trending will depend on the user’s own interest, the interest the topic has generated among facebook users and the authority of those wrote those topics.