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Facebook to add offline News Feed and more to mobile apps

Facebook announced Wednesday that it is testing a new option for users to access their News Feeds offline, so you’ll never miss a post!

The offline option is aimed at helping those with poor internet connections or in emerging markets, the company said in a blog post, Fortune reported.

“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 connections, we can’t show them the most relevant stories,” the post stated. “To improve News Feed so it works seamlessly and quickly for people in all parts of the world, we’re focused on designing it to operate well regardless of device or network connection.”

One feature to improve users’ News Feeds has to do with showing users’ posts when their connections are slow. “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,” the company said.

So, the app takes the already downloaded unread posts into account and ranks them with new stories as the News Feed refreshes or is scrolled through. The posts will update every so often when the users can find internet connection.

Facebook users have always been able to share and like posts while offline, but now they will also be able to prepare comments for when they get a connection again, according to The Verge. Once they have reconnected, the prepared comment will automatically post.

The company said that this feature, along with the News Feed updates, will go through testing and will be rolled out slowly.

Facebook specifically cited people “coming online at a staggering rate” and emerging markets as reasons to update its app with these new features. And much of this growth can be attributed to Facebook itself, The Verge reported.

The company launched its Internet.org project in 2013, which is focused on connecting communities worldwide to the internet. For instance, Facebook brought the Internet.org app to India last Friday, which gave people access to Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg explained that the initiative introduced more than 6 million people who weren’t before.

So it makes sense that they would need new upgrades like they ones they announced most recently!

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Meredith Rodefer
Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com