Facebook testing threaded comments feature on pages, users

Facebook now is testing a new feature- “threaded comments” that allows users to reply to specific comments on busy posts.

Currently, comments to a posting are added at the bottom, even if they are specifically about one certain comment another Facebook user wrote. This could be especially handy on extremely busy Facebook pages hosted by celebrities or companies.

You might not be able to see the proposed feature in action at this point. Facebook says it’s being tested on only 30 pages.

Several comments appear below his posts. Those comments show the number of “Likes” they have received, but unlike the current comments feature, they also show how many replies they’ve received.

Below the comment you can choose to “Like” or “Reply,” and if you click on the icon indicating the number of responses a comment has received, the thread expands to reveal the responses.

Facebook told The Times it is testing the feature in certain locales. A Facebook spokeswoman indicated the feature is being tested on pages for specific individuals.

No word on whether this feature will be rolled out to the rest of us, but if it is, the threaded comments feature could lead to more intelligent conversations on posts that receive hundreds and thousands of comments.

Facebook has now told The Times that the reply feature is being tested on both pages and individual users.

Additionally, Facebook said it misinformed The Times earlier by saying the test was being conducted on 30 pages. Rather, the company is simply saying it is a small test.


Facebook will roll out new Facebook Photo Viewer

Facebook announced Monday that it is making another change to how you see photos. Now, photos will appear bigger and bolder than ever, and users will be able to showcase their favorite pictures.

Your profile might not have this just yet, but Facebook said it is rolling it out globally:

Facebook Product Manager Emily Grewal announced the move on Facebook’s news blog today:

“Now when you click photos at the top of your timeline, you’ll see larger pictures that fill up the page. You can use the menu to find shots you’re tagged in, pictures you’ve shared, and albums you’ve created.”

Users can also single out and feature their favorite photos easily.

So, what do you think about this new feature?Probably useful for photographers.


New Upcoming Facebook Feature Looks A Lot Like Pinterest

Imitation is normal in computer media world, Android OS imitate Apple iOS, Google Plus imitate Facebook in early appearance. As Pinterest gains more attraction in the social media world, it may have triggered Facebook to see what the company is doing well. Inside Facebook reported Thursday, Facebook seemed to be trying to replicate Pinterest in one case.

Facebook is testing a new layout for open graph application stories. The change apparently makes stories a little more noticeable when they hit news feeds. According to Inside Facebook, clicking on a photo takes users to the third-party website or app page. Users also have options when they hover over the image, such as commenting.

It might look a little familiar to those who love to pin things (via Mashable):