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November 14, 2012

Facebook Revamping Comments Structure

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Soon, Facebook (News - Alert) users may be introduced to a whole new experience when commenting on their friends pages.

The social networking site is currently testing a new feature that will enable users to reply directly to individual comments posted on their wall among a long list of remarks. Users will also be able to make the most engaging comments prominently displayed on the page. Rather than comments being placed in chronological order, comments will be ranked based on the number of likes and replies.

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"We are testing a new format for comments on Page posts," a Facebook spokesperson told CBS News. "As part of this test the most engaging comments appear higher up. You will also be able to reply to individual comments as well as the original post."

The new structure is currently being tested on Facebook pages or "fan pages". These pages allow businesses, public figures or not-for-profits share updates with followers, and it is unknown if it will be expanded to include regular member profile pages.

While the uncertainty remains, Facebook is undoubtedly no stranger to changes.

In addition to restructuring its commenting format, the website has created custom URL pages for Facebook users in relationships and is in the process of testing out an alert feature that will make a ping sound to notify users when someone writes on their wall, sends a message or invites them to an event.

Recent Facebook changes have included the ability to make changes to Timeline (News - Alert) posts and enabling users to promote posts on their friend's news' feeds by paying money.

Wonder what's next for this ever-changing social networking platform.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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