It’s no secret that Facebook has its eyes firmly set on e-commerce. Recent moves like adding shopping and services sections to pages for example, are obvious signs. But now, Facebook seems to be looking at different ways to help users buy and sell stuff on the platform.
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On a daily basis, users notice different things happening on their Facebook accounts… New features, designs, functionalities are constantly being tested. One of these recent ones is a change noticed by some Facebook users in and around South East Asia and Australia, called Local Market. It looks like a supportive feature to For Sale Groups… perhaps some kind of Craigslist-competitor.
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All we know is that it appears in the Facebook mobile app as a button at the bottom where the Messenger button usually resides. Pressing it allows you to view products that have been drawn from “Sale Groups” or even ones that have been created from scratch outside these Groups. Selling items require adding a photo, their prices and description, and posting them to the “Local Market”. Just recently, Facebook‘s Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, said that Facebook has become a lot like Craigslist for people “in Indonesia”… Maybe this is one feature to help this continue, on a broader scale?
Sale Group features on Facebook have been a reality for months now, and perhaps this new feature is coming to take this experience outside of Groups and onto the News Feed.