If you own an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, 3D Touch probably changed your life. It’s going to change your Facebook experience too over the next few months. As is a cool new way of watching the game with your mates.
The big blue social media platform announced two changes over the weekend.
First, for iPhone users, that Facebook is bringing 3D Touch to its primary app, following the likes of Instagram and others. Users will soon be able to preview and pop out content in their newsfeeds.
Beyond the 3D Touch-enabled quick actions already possible from the homescreen, Facebook says peek and pop will work with web links, profiles, photos, profile pictures, cover photos, Pages, Events and Groups.
Only it’ll take months before they’re ready for all 1.6 billion active monthly whosits to be able to use the functionality – assuming that all FB users (even Basic browsers) have an iPhone 6s. Yes – months. It’s another of those phased rollouts everyone loves, which of course allows imperfect code to be tested and fixed.
Not quite cricket
The other half-baked bit of information to not get excited about is the Facebook Sports Stadium, a sort of giant chatroom where you can plug into the what they’re saying up in the bleachers at your favourite game. Simply put, all the content on Facebook related to the game is in one place, and it comes in real time and appears chronologically.
You’ll be able to see posts from your mates, commentary from experts and insiders such as like teams and journalists, you can track live scores, stats and a play-by-play and other game information, such as what channel to plug into.
Again, you can’t do this for football or cricket just yet. Or even baseball. The new feature has been launched on iPhones to coincide with American football season, but everything else is a phased rollout, insiders say. Hopefully, they’ll have expanded it to the rest of the world (and the rest of the sporting universe) in time for Rio 2016.
On the other hand, there’s always Twitter, where the world’s been commenting on events as they happen for as long as anyone can remember. And which innovates for others to steal (Newsfeed, anyone?)