Facebook is testing a feature that tells you when a friend is typing a comment

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It’s not enough that you can see when people have read your messages on Messenger, or that you can comment on Facebook posts offline, Facebook now lets you see when a friend is writing a comment.

This is different from the functionality that tells you “a friend is writing” in Messenger. Those have been around since chat apps have existed. What this functionality does is show you people that are reacting to posts in your news feed real-time.

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A few users have noticed this functionality on Facebook’s iOS app since early November, according to TNW, but Facebook just recently confirmed it.

“News Feed is a place to stay up to date with your friends and family. We’ve heard from people that they want their experience on Facebook to reflect the real time conversations they have. So we are testing adding a line above the comment box of a post that indicates when a friend is typing. This is to help people have real-time conversations with friends and family,” Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook has not given any information on when it will fully roll out the feature.

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