Man at His Best

This is what Facebook's mysterious new icon means

It's all to do with the second news feed you knew nothing about.

BY Catriona Harvey-Jenner | Apr 3, 2017 | Technology

Some particularly observant people have noticed a new, mysterious icon floating about their Facebook feeds. The logo, which looks like a rocket and sits at the bottom of the mobile app alongside the newsfeed, marketplace and notification icons, has only recently cropped up and has caused some confusion about it's there for.

But it turns out, it's all linked to that sneaky second news feed Facebook have been testing this year. Earlier this month, some Android phone users noticed they had access to the new 'Explore' feed, which pretty much seems to work in exactly the same way it does on Instagram; being a feed that contains content from pages users don't follow, but that it thinks they might like.

Some iPhone owners also reported having seen the Explore tab introduced on iOS back in January this year.

But now it's being rolled out much more widely (though not for everyone, I updated my Facebook app this morning and the rocket was nowhere to be seen.

If the second news feed gets picked up properly and put into the mainstream app for everyone, it means that users will permanently be given two options at the bottom of the app when they open it: 'Home' and 'Explore'.

The 'Home' tab will contain all the uploads and shared posts of your family and friends; whereas the 'Explore' tab will use its genius technological capabilities to work out what kind of articles and videos you might be interested in, well, exploring.

This is new

It's thought that this 'Explore' tab could potentially be used in future as a means of addressing how much of a social media 'bubble' many of us find ourselves in; we're only exposed to the views and opinions of those who tend to be similar to us, whereas this might broaden those horizons a bit.

It's not currently known if or when the new feed will move from testing stages into proper application, but the funky new rocket logo plus the fact that its been tested on both iOS and Android,seems to indicate it's more than likely to become a new feature for one and all.

From: Esquire UK


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