Facebook users might be delighted to know that Facebook is currently testing out a new nifty feature which tells users when a friend is writing a comment.
Quite a few users have uncovered a particular notification which pops up while viewing their News Feed posts telling them that a friend is presently writing a comment on one of their FB posts.
"A friend is writing a comment," reads the notification message.
Facebook verified that it is currently testing out the new functionality via a statement it sent to The Next Web.
"News Feed is a place to stay up to date with your friends and family," said Facebook. "We've heard from people that they want their experience on Facebook to reflect the real time conversations they have. So we are testing adding a line above the comment box of a post that indicates when a friend is typing."
Facebook went on to say that this new functionality is aimed to help its users have real-time conversations with their loved ones.
Before users get their hopes up, it's worth mentioning that the notification seems to function only in the main Facebook app for iOS. Additionally, the largest social networking site is only trying out this feature as of the moment.
Facebook has yet to release its official word as to when it intends to roll this brand new feature out to its billions of users across the board.
Moreover, it has yet to be seen if this new feature will boost engagement on Facebook posts or it will put them off from writing comments.
As anticipated, users who have gotten the first dibs have varying reactions on this new feature Facebook is going to add in on its platform. Some think it's creepy and others predict that drama posts will get better once Facebook decides to release it.
A small test by Facebook, but it might change how you interact with comments: https://t.co/nB8iQ6oQ7G
— Martin Bryant (@MartinSFP) December 12, 2015
In January 2011, Facebook initially rolled out a feature which enabled comments to crop up on users’ Live Feed, without the need to reload the page. The feature was called Live Commenting.
“Live commenting, which we rolled out to all of our users a couple of weeks ago, creates opportunities for online conversations to take place in real time, leading to serendipitous connections that may not have ever happened otherwise,” writes Facebook on a blog post during the time.