Facebook rolls out the Ticker to more users

Facebook rolls out the Ticker to more users

Summary: Facebook has started rolling out the Ticker, a second real-time news feed on the right-hand side, to more of its users.

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As expected, Facebook is pushing forward with its unfiltered News Feed feature, which now apparently has a name: Ticker. So what exactly is the Ticker? As you can see in the screenshot above, courtesy of my colleague Zack Whittaker, it's essentially a smaller, second News Feed to the right of the main one in the middle.

That's right; Facebook thinks you are missing out on too many happenings across your social network. The company's solution is to add a real-time stream concurrently with the main News Feed. The Ticker is supposed to show you all the new status updates, Likes, comments, photos, and so on that your Facebook friends are making, as they're making them.

The Ticker is meant to replace the Most Recent option on the current News Feed. In this new design, there is no option to choose between Top News and Most Recent. Instead, the main News Feed contains the top stories (still based on an algorithm that takes into account the number of likes, comments, how often you stalk your friends, and so on) while the Ticker contains the most recent stories (everything!). In fact, it's worth noting that while it's still called a News Feed on the left-hand side of the website, at the top of the page it's now just labeled Recent Stories.

If you click on a story you see going by in the Ticker, it then appears in Recent Stories on the middle of the page. From there, you can comment on it. There's also a new "This is a highlight" option, which temporarily sticks that status or update to your News Feed. As Zack notes, it's not yet clear how this will work with the rest of the site.

It may just be me, but the Ticker seems like a little bit too much. I definitely miss a lot of what happens on Facebook, but I'm not sure two news feeds is the solution here.

"We are currently testing a feature within News Feed that gives people the ability to see what their friends are commenting on and 'liking', as these actions are being taken on Facebook," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "This test includes a small percentage of Facebook users, just a fraction of a percent. In the coming weeks, as we learn more from this test, we’ll keep making improvements and may expand it to more people."

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Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • RE: Facebook rolls out the Ticker to more users

    wait I don't understand, if the ticker is on the right side, isn't the new chat bar thingy going to cover it up?
    clikonco
  • RE: Facebook rolls out the Ticker to more users

    The ticker would be so much better! Good idea Facebook!
    imsimsj
  • RE: Facebook rolls out the Ticker to more users

    Hate it. It's very small and not user-friendly. Inconvenient to scroll and more time-consuming. Less likely to click on items and doesn't give me enough info to know if of interest. Don't like that Facebook algorithm selects what thinks I want to view with main newsfeed and no option to adjust. Not an improvement to me.
    mircville
    • RE: Facebook rolls out the Ticker to more users

      @mircville Thanks for the info on the ticker but you broke my hopes. Haha
      imsimsj
  • RE: Facebook rolls out the Ticker to more users

    My work computer has Windows XP and doesn't have the ticker. My laptop at home is Windows 7 and does have the ticker. Why? I hate the ticker. It's way too small to be convenient.
    pjlyons
  • RE: Facebook rolls out the Ticker to more users

    I think I would be a good idea on a trial basis roll it out for 3 months see how Facebook Users like it if they do keep it if they don't get rid of it
    ryanlee05
  • RE: Facebook rolls out the Ticker to more users

    the ticker is a load of crap!!!!!! i dont want it on my page its a waste of time, yet again facebook is altering things that dont need to be changed!! i cannot wait for google+ ill be leaving FB when thats all up and running. ive had enough now of fb messing about with EVERYTHING and anyting they can! Like myspace fb wont last at this rate!!
    bambi308
  • facebook is piss a lot of people off

    The new Ticker seems is showing posts from people that the user is not friends with just because their mutual friends have commented. It is an invasion of privacy and decides who you see posts from. It is awful!!! And now we're getting lists (presorted) based on where people live and their profiles. This was my business to set up - not Fascebooks
    iceman698
  • Ticker & News feed

    it puts the control of privacy into the hands of your friends and NOT the user! when you "like" or comment on a page it shows up on both the ticker & newsfeed! i do not want some people to know what i say on some pages! this is a backward step in privacy. not all my friends agree on many topics and i'd rather not have my comments and "likes" broadcasted to ALL my friends. yes, you can limit what scrolls in the ticker FROM your friends by mousing over their profile picture and unchecking "comments & likes" BUT i'd rather have it so THEY can't see MY "comments & likes". you guys have it backward when it comes to privacy!
    utwg