Back in August Facebook started testing out a Trending Topics feature, which is similar to Twitter. Today Facebook is launching a redesigned “Trending” section on the sidebar in the U.S., U.K., Canada, India, and Australia. It shows personalized lists of the most mentioned words and phrases at that current time. There is also explanations on why that Trend is appearing at the current time.
When clicking through that Topic, it will show a Page of mentions by friends, Pages, and public posts and those people and brands can be followed. The Trending topics on Facebook will be rolling out to all users in the next few weeks. The mobile version is still being tested.
Trending Topics is not the only idea that Facebook got from Twitter. Facebook started to support hashtags, verified profiles, and embeddable posts recently. The company also got the idea of using the @ symbol to tag users just like Twitter replies.