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Facebook testing a new feature that combines Stories and News Feed posts in one carousel

Facebook could radically transform how users interact with content on the site.The social media giant is testing a new feature that combines posts from the News Feed and Facebook Stories into a single, swipeable carousel at the top of your dashboard, according to eagle-eyed app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.
 Instead of scrolling from top to bottom through the Feed, users would swipe through content or tap left to right. Scroll down for video  Facebook has confirmed that it's testing a new feature that combines posts from the News Feed and Facebook Stories into a single, swipeable carousel at the top of your dashboardA Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch that the firm isn't testing the feature publicly and it's still in the very early stages of development.
  The spokesperson added that Facebook still needs to do more user research before it begins testing the feature more broadly. As with any test, it's unclear if the carousel will actually come to fruition. In a GIF posted by Wong, photos and videos posted to Facebook Stories can be seen interspersed between News Feed posts like articles shared by their friends, profile picture updates and other photos.
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 This would create a more robust stream of advertising revenue for Facebook, especially as it tackles the post-News Feed era.   In a GIF posted by software engineer Jane Manchun Wong, photos and videos posted to Facebook Stories can be seen interspersed between News Feed posts like articles shared by their friends, profile picture updates and other photos Wong also explained that sponsored posts from advertisers would also be featured in the new carousel.
This could create a more robust stream of advertising revenue for FacebookAt Facebook's annual F8 developer conference last year, Facebook said it predicts Stories will surpass feeds as the primary mode of sharing on social apps sometime this year. Facebook Stories now counts 300 million daily active users, while Instagram Stories has racked up some 500 million active users.
It comes as Facebook has slowly started to pivot away from the News Feed and toward private, encrypted messaging. Earlier this year, it was revealed that the company intends to integrate the chat functions of its 'family of apps,' which include Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger.While still in the early stages, it would allow users to message one another across all of the apps in a secure format.
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