Facebook Has A News Reader In The Works
Even before Google announced their decision to shut down Google Reader, Facebook was already hard at work developing a Flipboard-style news reader, according to a new report.
The Wall Street Journal says that Facebook has called the product “Reader” internally, and they’ve been working on it for over a year.
From the WSJ:
This is actually not the first time we’ve heard of a Facebook reader of sorts – it’s sort of secondary confirmation. Earlier this month, a developer who closely watches changes in Facebook code discovered some new mentions of RSS feeds thrown in there.
So it is looking more and more like this visual, Flipboard-style Facebook Reader is actually a real thing. There’s not word on Facebook’s timetable for launch – if there even is one. But it looks like it may be there, in the works.
If Facebook unveils this new product, it’s going to face competition from existing readers, as well as new breaks into the crowded space from the likes of Digg and AOL. But Facebook could have a huge advantage over those companies – considering how they could integrate their massive user graph into a new reader to make it more social than anyone else possibly could. It’ll be interesting to see how a Facebook Reader plays with the rest of Facebook – you can bet they will be more than friends.
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