Social networking major Facebook has announced a major rejig to its embedded posts feature.
The new update brings with it a brand new design, faster loading time and a new feature that lets users adjust the width of embedded posts and save this value dynamically for future embeds.
Facebook states that it has prioritised visual content. Users can now see multimedia content such as images and videos appearing above the text of their embedded posts. The new appearance is similar to how embedded tweets appear in Twitter.
According to the company, embedded posts now load faster than before. This implies that more Facebook posts can be embedded within a particular story. Facebook users can embed posts within their stories with a couple of easy mechanisms:
Facebook Newswire Group: Joining the FB Newswire group gives access to Facebook Newswire. FB Newswire aggregates numerous newsworthy public posts from Facebook pages and users across the world. FB Newswire is used extensively by journalists throughout the globe.
Trending: The Trending section displays a list of stories that are being 'liked' most, by other Facebook users. Real time popular FB posts are displayed and users can embed these within their stories.
Another change that Facebook has effected to the embedded posts feature is the Per-Publisher width, using which Facebook will dynamically make note of the width that users set while configuring the embed plugin. This means that the width value does not require to be set for future embedding.
Recently, Facebook claimed that it had 'accidentally' released a messaging app termed Slingshot. Slingshot briefly appeared on the iOS app store before being taken off. Slingshot is widely believed to be Facebook's answer to Snapchat developed by Evan Spiegel and Robert Murphy.