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Facebook Is Testing A New Twitter-Like Feature

Facebook is testing a new Twitter-like feature that allows users to see their friends’ activities in real-time.

According to an article on the AFP (opens in new tab), the new feature, which is being called ‘Happening Now’ by the social network, is being tested on a small fraction of its user base.

The company said that soon, its more than 600 million users will be able to see what their friends are commenting on and ‘liking’ in real time from within the News Feed.

"We are currently testing a feature within News Feed that gives people the ability to see what their friends are commenting on and 'liking,' as these actions are being taken on Facebook. In the coming weeks, as we learn more from this test, we'll keep making improvements and may expand it to more people." the company said in a statement to the AFP.

The Happening Now feature will appear as a side bar to the right of the News Feed and will give a real-time account of friend activity in short snippets. Users will be able to click on a update to see it in more detail without leaving the page.

This move is in line with Facebook's overall strategy of directing as much of a user's internet experience as possible through Facebook's platform, instead of going to other, competing sites.