Facebook takes another page from Twitter's book, tests Trending Topics

Trending topics
As if we didn't already have enough A-Rod

Turns out hashtags were only the beginning. Now, Facebook is testing another Twitterish staple: Trending Topics.

The social network is trying out a feature on its mobile site that populates a topic other Facebookers are talking about, as reported byAllThingsD. Users can click on the topic, and up will pop information from friends talking about the subject, as well as comments and posts from people they aren't friends with.

Trending Topics is currently in beta testing with a small number of U.S. users, Facebook said in a statement sent to TechCrunch.

The feature is in very early testing, the statement noted, and the FB team will share more "if we decide to roll it out more widely."

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The Facebook crew isn't just tracing Twitter's footsteps today. The company is also expanding Graph Search, launching it for anyone who has U.S. English set as their language.

So if you've been dying to search for "Friends of friends who live nearby and like playing tennis," and you're a U.S. English speaker/reader/user today is your lucky day.

Facebook also noted that it is starting to retire the "who can look up my timeline by name" setting. Hasta la vista, as they say.

Michelle Fitzsimmons

Michelle was previously a news editor at TechRadar, leading consumer tech news and reviews. Michelle is now a Content Strategist at Facebook.  A versatile, highly effective content writer and skilled editor with a keen eye for detail, Michelle is a collaborative problem solver and covered everything from smartwatches and microprocessors to VR and self-driving cars.