Facebook’s News Feed is the first thing you see when you open the app or website. So it’s important for it to load quickly irrespective of the internet connection or device.
According to an official post, Facebook is modifying the timeline to show more relevant stories in the News Feed that load even on flaky internet connections. On slow connections, users will be allowed to write comments that will be saved and posted when the connection is stronger.
Facebook writes: “In the past, if you were on a poor internet connection or had no connection, you might need to wait for stories to load when you opened News Feed. We are now testing an update in which we look at all the previously downloaded stories present on your phone that you have not yet viewed, and rank them based on their relevance. We also factor in whether the images for the story are available. This way we can immediately display relevant stories you haven’t seen yet, instead of showing a spinner while you wait for new stories. When we receive new stories from the server when you’re back online, we load and rank those stories normally.”
Facebook previously tried to make the experience of browsing Facebook less annoying for users on slower networks like 2G or low end devices with the Facebook Lite app for Android.