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    Now Get an Offline Mode on Facebook

    Facebook this week said it will begin rolling out new technology that allows users on slower mobile connections to still see new stories in their News Feed, even when on a poor connection or when they’re unable to reach Facebook’s servers. In addition, users will be able to comment on posts when they’re offline, and those comments will be posted to the app when your connection returns.
    The company explains that the goal with these changes is to better aid those in developing markets, where they primarily access the social network via phones on slower 2G connections.
    The way Facebook’s News Feed was originally designed didn’t take into account how these users would struggle when trying to view new content on the network over these lagging connections, however.
    Since the News Feed is arguably the most important destination on Facebook’s app, the company has devised a way to make the content users see appear fresh without forcing users to wait for new stories to load. Starting now, Facebook is testing an update where it will look at all the previously downloaded stories present on your phone (those that you hadn’t yet viewed), then rank them based on relevance. This ranking algorithm will also factor in whether or not images are available, the company says.
    Then, the app will show you these “new” stories – which are, in reality, those you already download but hadn’t yet reached by scrolling further down your News Feed. The end user experience will be greatly improved by this process, as instead of seeing a spinner while waiting for content to load, they’ll just see posts.
    When your connection returns, Facebook will resume downloading and ranking stories normally.
    It will also test other improvements to download new stories throughout the day when you have a good connection, so that you’ll always have relevant things to read when the connection is lacking.

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