Screenshots posted in a note on the Facebook Design Page today may have revealed a little more than just the differences between rounded and square corners.
FBHive have noticed two mysterious new features on Facebook Product Designer Alexandre Roche’s profile. The first is a News Feed filter with a lab beaker icon labelled “Outside World”. The second is a plus (+) icon and number next to the Comment and Like numbers for a video in the Highlights section.
Screenshot and our thoughts after the jump.
Facebook announced on their Developers blog today the “Facebook Live Stream Box”, a feature that any website owner or developer can install to enable Facebook users to connect, share, and post updates in real-time, with a particular focus on online live events.
Examples they suggest include “live streaming videos of concerts, speeches, sporting events, webcasts, TV shows, presentations, or webinars” as well as “multi-player games, or with any other experience where many people are visiting a website at the same time.”
This feature first emerged in January when Facebook teamed up with CNN.com for the 2009 US Presidential Inauguration, allowing you to view your friends’ Facebook status updates and comments side by side with real-time streaming video on CNN’s website. Since then they have worked with several established websites for other live broadcasts, including TNT’s NBA All-Star Game and many of the sites that covered the Oscars.
Today Facebook redesigned the Publisher (the box at the top of your Wall and News Feed that allows you to share content), hinting at the possibility of something bigger in the works.
Here’s what it used to look like:
Old Facebook Publisher
When you clicked inside the text box, the Publisher would expand and application names and icons would appear underneath to allow you to share specific items such as links, photos, videos, etc.
Old Facebook Publisher (expanded)
And here’s the new design:
New Facebook Publisher