Facebook has announced that it will improve its News Feed to load stories faster for those who are on mobile and using the slower 2G connections.
In a blogpost Facebook’s team wrote, “Our mission with News Feed is to connect people with the stories that matter most to them, but if people’s News Feeds aren’t loading because of poor internet connection, we can’t show them the most relevant stories. People are coming online at a staggering rate in emerging markets and, in most cases, are doing so on mobile via 2G connections.”
Facebook says they will show relevant stories in the News Feed, particularly on slow internet connections and that users can now also compose comments on posts when offline. The comments will appear to friends when the user moves to a good internet connection.
Facebook’s engineering team has put out details on how they will make the News Feed more relevant.
The blog post explains, “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.”
Facebook says that this will help them display relevant stories a user might not have seen, instead of showing a spinner waiting for the new stories to load. “When we receive new stories from the server when you’re back online, we load and rank those stories normally,” adds the post.
Facebook will rank already downloaded stories when you open the app on a slow connection.