The social giant Facebook is evidently working on bringing a new mobile news tracking app that lets publishers send breaking news alerts to the masses, and even notify them with what’s new and latest. By pushing Facebook’s business initiative, now the company is all set to announce a new Twitter-like standalone mobile application, which is currently in alpha.
This product sounds similar to Twitter, seems to be a bit different than Facebook for Work, an intitiative that was unveiled late last year. But the application will broadcast breaking news and will have character limits similar to Twitter.
According to the Business Insider reports, who has reviewed screenshots of the new product and spoken to a source who has been playing around with the Facebook Business platform, said a few companies were chosen by Facebook to operate this Mobile App. Facebook however has declined to comment on this news.
So Facebook is initially collaborating with a seclect group of publications, which when updates an issue, it will definitely be a blast to all users who have subscribed to that publication or to a general topic on that interest content spot. Details are stil scarce, but nevertheless, here’s how Facebook’s new product in alpha currently in testing, will supposedly work.
Users will noboubt need to download the Facebook’s new mobile app and will then decide aprtnering publications they really want to follow on the app and topics, which they want to receive breaking news alerts about. As oft-mentioned, Facebook has only partnered with selected companies to launch with. Once there’s a breaking news, partnering publications can create mobile notifications that will blast out all of the followers instantly, as fast as a tweet would.
The mobile alerts allow any publication for up to 100 characters of text and a url to the news article on that website. One publication can’t create a notification for another, for instance. The blast will go out, and when people click on the link, they’ll be taken to the publication’s webpage to read the full article.
So Flipboard, Pulse and even Twitter, rival is on its way in the form of Facebok’s mobile app to send quick and faster breaking news alerts and notifications.
Here’s the screenshot of what the notification system that’s being tested looks like:
(Source: Business Insider)