Facebook’s “trending topics” feature hit the Indian market late this week after being released last week. While only available to a few users at the moment, it should become a regular fixture with Facebook India very soon.
Trending topics on Facebook is different from Twitter’s version specifically in that it actually explains why the topic is actually trending. Meanwhile on Twitter topics just trend. What both features share is that they are setup according to interests and locations of users.
The feature won’t be available on Facebook Mobile at the moment, but the company is apparently testing out the feature on the Facebook app for smartphone and tablet devices. In contrast, Twitter and its alternatives show trending topics on the mobile versions.
This isn’t the first instance of Facebook taking a popular element of Twitter. Last summer saw the company bring hashtags to the popular social network, but it seems as though it came about too late as it hasn’t taken off as expected despite demand.
Unlike hashtags, trending topics wouldn’t depend so much on people actively using the feature, but will depend on people using hashtags. This could be seen as a means to encourage users to embrace hashtags more since without the other the feature is pretty pointless.
What do you think? Is this a welcome feature on Facebook? Are you indifferent towards it? Or is it an insignificant feature to the point that it doesn’t matter if it’s welcome or not? Let us know below in the comments.
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