Spokeo, a news aggregator, is rolling out a new feature that shows you trending articles in your news feed, but it’s a little more complex than just showing you what people are sharing.
Instead, you can see trending articles from a select group of sites.
That means you can browse for an article on Facebook trending in the news feed without even having to scroll down.
That makes it even easier to spot fake news, which is exactly what Spokeopedia has done for a while now.
“We have been experimenting with this trending feature for a little while now, but we’re just now releasing it to the public,” said CEO Michael Bies.
“The trending feature will show you all the top stories in a certain topic from a specific source, and then we’ll also provide a search engine and analytics tool to help you sort through them.”
The feature is in beta right now, and it will roll out to all Facebook News Feed users next week.
Spokeon will let you view trending articles for topics like fashion, travel, and health, as well as search the topics by keyword or topic.
For instance, if you search for “fashion” you’ll be able to find a slew of articles from outlets like Urban Outfitters, and if you look at the topics for “travel” you can also find articles about travel from brands like Orbitz, Travelocity, and Expedia.
If you’re not on the same page as your topic, however, you’ll still be able search for articles in the same topic or topics.
If there are any articles that you find interesting, you will be able “tweet” them.
In a press release, Bies described the feature as “an attempt to create an unbiased feed of articles” by showing you “stories from the most influential people in the world and brands, all with one-tap access to your news feeds.”
This “feed” will be a mix of posts that have already been shared on Facebook by the people who originally created them, and will be filtered based on the people’s followers.
Bies says that the trending feature is meant to be a way to “improve the accuracy of our news feeds” and “ensure our readers can easily discover the most important news and information.”
“We’ve seen many people post content that they were just trying to share with friends, family, and colleagues and never reached out to any of the outlets that we’ve used to find them,” Bies said.
“But this feature allows you to easily find all of those posts that you wanted to share, as long as you know the people and where they’re from.
You can then share them on your timeline, so you don’t have to go back and find those posts again.”
The Spokeostopedia team is now looking for feedback from readers to help make the feature better, and has set up a community page to help people find other people who have already used the feature.