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Facebook begins limited testing of Happening Now sidebar

updated 11:10 am EDT, Fri June 10, 2011

Facebook starts tests of live Hapenning Now bar

Facebook is currently testing a new feature in the form of a Happening Now sidebar. It is believed to be undergoing limited testing with some user pages and lets them see in real-time what is going on in their network. The feed displays what their friends are sharing, commenting on or liking, as well as who they are adding as friends and displays check-in notifications as well.

It sits on the right side of a user's feed. Thus far, only a fraction of a percent of the limited number of users got the bar to test out, Facebook said. What the social network learns from the test, it will apply to a refined Happening Now bar accordingly and may expand it to more users.

Thus far, it seems as if content is being doubled up on, with the News Feed getting updates as well as the live bar, but Facebook is likely to refine this as well. [via TheNextWeb]






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  1. facebook_Kathleen

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2011

    +6

    what's happening now?

    I am a lucky participant of the "limited testing". All I can say is NO!!! This is a stupid redundant feature. MY News Feed and my Happening Now feed are identical. Thanks again for another "upgrade" to my FB that is completely unnecessary.

  1. facebook_Kathleen

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2011

    +4

    what's happening now?

    I am a lucky participant of the "limited testing". All I can say is NO!!! This is a stupid redundant feature. MY News Feed and my Happening Now feed are identical. Thanks again for another "upgrade" to my FB that is completely unnecessary.

  1. facebook_Lexy

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2011

    +6

    ITS c***

    UNFORTUNATELY I WAS ONE OF THE "UNLUCKY" PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO TEST THIS STUPID NEW "HAPPENING BAR"
    WE DON'T WANT THIS g** NEW FEATURE!!!!!
    WHERE THE h*** ARE OUR "FRIENDS BIRTHDAYS, EVENTS AND POKES"?

    I HATE HOW ONLY THE CENTRE OF MY HOMEPAGE SCROLLS DOWN..
    AND I HATE THE NEW MESSAGING TOO.. HOW WHEN WE SEND OUR FRIENDS MESSAGES IT COMES INTO THE CHAT BOX TOO >_<
    FACEBOOK SORT THIS ABSOLUTE c*** OUT.. LEAVE FB ALONE FOR ONCE.. IT WAS FINE AS IT IS.. QUIT APPLYING THESE STUPID CHANGES!!!
    WHAT IS YOUR DAMN OBSESSION WITH CHANGING FACEBOOK EVERY DAMN MONTH?
    GIVE US CHANCE TO GET USED TO THE CHANGES YOU'VE ALREADY FORCED UPON US.. WE DON'T NEED THIS NEW BULLS**T BAR!!!!

  1. facebook_Lexy

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2011

    +2

    ITS c***

    UNFORTUNATELY I WAS ONE OF THE "UNLUCKY" PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO TEST THIS STUPID NEW "HAPPENING BAR"
    WE DON'T WANT THIS g** NEW FEATURE!!!!!
    WHERE THE h*** ARE OUR "FRIENDS BIRTHDAYS, EVENTS AND POKES"?

    I HATE HOW ONLY THE CENTRE OF MY HOMEPAGE SCROLLS DOWN..
    AND I HATE THE NEW MESSAGING TOO.. HOW WHEN WE SEND OUR FRIENDS MESSAGES IT COMES INTO THE CHAT BOX TOO >_<
    FACEBOOK SORT THIS ABSOLUTE c*** OUT.. LEAVE FB ALONE FOR ONCE.. IT WAS FINE AS IT IS.. QUIT APPLYING THESE STUPID CHANGES!!!
    WHAT IS YOUR DAMN OBSESSION WITH CHANGING FACEBOOK EVERY DAMN MONTH?
    GIVE US CHANCE TO GET USED TO THE CHANGES YOU'VE ALREADY FORCED UPON US.. WE DON'T NEED THIS NEW BULLS**T BAR!!!!

  1. facebook_Lisa

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2011

    +4

    The is feature needs to die NOW!!

    I am an unwitting recipient of this latest FB affliction!!! It is so pointless. Why do we need what turns out to be 2 walls. The constant scrolling is obnoxious. I will get to all this stuff when I get to it, thank you very much! I already get e-mail notifications, mobile notifications, and pop-up ones. WHAT were they thining??? .... I will gain a reputauion as a bad friend because I cannot remember people's B'days or Events unless they are right there in front of me. ....I have never complained about changes on FB but this takes the friggin' cake. I may need to get all my friends e-mail addresses and keep in touch because FB will be nearly useless to me without being able to keep up with actual LIFE, rather that just my friends latest "like', tag, new cow, or butt scratch, scrolling in my face every nano-second!! Seriously, FB! Just can this one now before you actually lose people.

  1. facebook_Suson

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2011

    +3

    Scrolling newsfeed on the right

    This is a stupid feature and I did not request to test this out for facebook!!!! Next time ask and remove this off of my facebook or I will remove myself off of facebook......it is annoying and again I did not ask you to mess with the way I have my facebook set up!!!

  1. facebook_Suson

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2011

    -1

    Scrolling newsfeed on the right

    This is a stupid feature and I did not request to test this out for facebook!!!! Next time ask and remove this off of my facebook or I will remove myself off of facebook......it is annoying and again I did not ask you to mess with the way I have my facebook set up!!!

  1. facebook_Terence

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2011

    0

    Where Is My Most Recent Filter!

    I am one of the victims of this test. Personally, I have no objections to the Happening Now ticker, outside of the fact that it is useless. What I am upset about is that after they added, the Most Recent filter, and the filter that lets me view the news feeds of only pages, my various friend lists, et. al. disappeared! I then have no way of filtering the news feed, which is an unholy mess of posts which are not in chronological order!

  1. facebook_Bethany

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2011

    +1

    don't like it

    I was also chosen, and while it is nice to feel special in this small group, I too agree that I do not like this new feature. It is essentially the same as the live news feed they launched 2 years ago, but on top of it took away the "today" section that was previously there. Personally I liked knowing it was a friends birthday or events that were happening that day. I liked the way it was before. Oh, and only the center of my page scrolls so when I expand items in the left side of the page I can no longer see who is online to chat because I can't scroll down; thus I have to collapse everything again.

  1. facebook_Carla

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2011

    +1

    Didn't like it

    A few weeks ago, my Facebook homepage started looking different than my husband's. I thought I had inadvertently gotten a virus or browser object that was editing my websites. I did some searching and finally found out that Facebook was testing this new "feature". Now, my Facebook is back to normal and I am very glad! I did not like the sidebar feed. I missed birthdays and events. It was redundant. I hope they do not use it in that format.

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