Saturday 16 December 2017

Facebook will let you comment while offline


Paul Mallon

Facebook is testing an update to its mobile app which will save your comments even if you're not currently online

The Facebook app is constantly changing, and the latest sounds like it could be a great improvement.

The latest update is all about getting better performance on slower connections. Facebook is creating this to benefit users in developing countries where mobile data may not be fast or common, but they'll benefit everyone by scaling the data requirements intelligently. And we all know connections can be spotty in parts of Ireland!

One part of the update decides which content to show on your News Feed depending on how fast your connection is. It will actually check which stories you've seen already and compare it with those items that have already been downloaded to your phone. So even if you're currently offline you'll still have something to read and the feed will be updated when you're connected again.

The other new addition makes it easier to comment, even if you're not actually online. You have previously been able to like and share posts while offline but now your comment will be saved and added to the conversation when you do manage to connect. It's all about making Facebook as accessible as possible, and helping people to communicate wherever they are in the world.

These features are currently in the testing phase, and could be rolled out in an update in the near future.

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