Facebook Turns On Live Updates in the Home Page Stream

Since Facebook rolled out the new home page stream a few weeks ago, one of the most common requests from users has been to make the stream truly “live.” Today, Facebook has just starting rolling out an update to the stream with live in-line updates in near real time.

Now, the stream shows the number of new posts that have been shared since the Facebook home page was loaded at the top of the page just below the Publisher. See “Show 2 New Posts” in the screenshot below:

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You can then click the number to expand the prompt and see the new posts in line.

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“Live updating for the stream was one of the most common requests we received for the home page,” Facebook’s Adam Hupp said.

Shortly after the new home page launched, Facebook made several usability enhancements to the stream, including better filters, better highlights, moving friend requests back to the top of the right column, and easier friend list management. The company said at the time that the live stream would come “soon.”

Last week, Facebook announced new Stream APIs, enabling developers to integrate the Facebook stream outside Facebook.com. We would expect Facebook to enable real-time stream notifications for developers in the future too.

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12 Responses to “Facebook Turns On Live Updates in the Home Page Stream”

  1. pete says:

    its not truly live if you still have to click on a link to show the updates

  2. Facebook: We’re Doing It Live, Sort Of says:

    [...] Facebook is coming one step closer to live updating, with a new status message that appears towards the top of the page whenever there are new updates that you haven’t read [...]

  3. Ryan Spoon says:

    Exciting… but it doesn’t appear to be fully rolled out yet (at least not on my account) and I would love a switch / toggle that permits the feed to roll automatically.

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  6. Facebook’s stream goes live — but not so open to developers » VentureBeat says:

    [...] site will notify you, and include the number of updates. As Inside Facebook’s Justin Smith notes, expect to see real-time notifications become a feature for developers looking to access the [...]

  7. Facebook: We’re Doing It Live, Sort Of | The Good NET Guide says:

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  10. jo says:

    somehow the status updates from facebook mobile doesn’t appear in my home live feeds. it’s won’t show any updates or post from facebook mobile.

  11. Facebook Brings Live Updates To News Feed | AccuraCast Search Daily News says:

    [...] other new improvements made by Facebook on the home page, is the availability of better filters and highlights, placement [...]

  12. anon says:

    Going on 10 days now and this still isn’t rolled out to my account.

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