Facebook declared that its app can now display News Feed stories offline or even with slow connection. This feature will be a helpful addition for users in emerging markets, especially for those who use 2G internet services.
The Facebook update, aims to reduce the problems created due to weak internet connection by letting News Feed posts and comments upload when the application is on offline mode. With this feature the News Feed will update automatically even in poor connection locations, so that fresh content reaches the top of the home page once its back online.
In the blog post, Facebook mentioned, “We are now testing an update in which we look at all the previously downloaded stories present on your phone that you have not yet viewed, and rank them based on their relevance. We also factor in whether the images for the story are available.”
The post continued, “This way we can immediately display relevant stories you haven’t seen yet, instead of showing a spinner while you wait for new stories. When we receive new stories from the server when you’re back online, we load and rank those stories normally.”
Offline mode has always allowed users to like or share content, but with the updated Facebook ensures that important stories would not be skipped under irrelevant information.
Currently, this is being tested and a date has not been fixed yet to launch this feature. None of these changes affect News Feed ranking.
The post also read, “These changes will help anyone who is on a poor internet connection – even those whose network connectivity is generally good but who have intermittent connections in places like subways and tunnels, or at large events.”
The update comes in a time when all major social networking sites are battling it out to lead the content distribution game.