Facebook gets News Feed caching on 2G, offline commenting
MANILA, Philippines – Emerging markets and parts of the world with spotty connectivity have one less reason not to check Facebook on their mobile phones.
Facebook said on Thursday, December 10, that it was releasing some changes that would let users read through their news feed even on slow mobile connections.
"In the past, if you were on a poor Internet connection or had no connection, you might need to wait for stories to load when you opened News Feed," explained Facebook.
To counter this, the company is testing an update where they look "at all the previously downloaded stories present on your phone that you have not yet viewed, and rank them based on their relevance."
Relevant stories are displayed immediately, factoring in whether images for the story are available. Facebook said it ranked "relevant, already downloaded stories upon startup of the app, when you navigate to News Feed from the app or pull down to refresh stories at the top of your feed, or as you are scrolling through your News Feed."
This viewing mechanism would then take the place of a never-ending loading screen.
Facebook added that it would pick up new stories from its servers once a user gets connected again, and will then switch back to normal ranking of stories.
In its post, the company also said it would let users comment on stories while they're offline, in addition to the functions that allowed users to like and share while offline.
This works by allowing a user to create a comment on a post, which will later appear on the post once the user is back online.
Both the offline viewing and commenting functions should be available worldwide, and will allow those with intermittent connectivity to stay connected, even if they aren't for a short span of time. – Rappler.com