In the past one year or so, we have seen Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg focusing a lot on video-based content shared via his social network. The platform has received a lot of features like Facebook Live, Watch tab, and ability to save videos for offline viewing which are aimed at increasing the user engagement with videos. And now in the same direction, Facebook has been spotted testing another feature which apparently seems to be inspired by one of its closest rivals YouTube.
This new feature basically makes it possible for users to see video previews on the Facebook Android app. It works exactly like YouTube video previews on the desktop which means you get to see a slideshow of the video content even before you hit the play button. The feature makes it easier for the user to decide whether a particular video is worth watching. Additionally, a video preview can prevent you from being in an awkward or embarrassing situation where you might end up playing a video which you would not want to in front of others for any reason.
I have currently spotted this Facebook video preview feature only on one of my devices which is running the beta version 188.8.131.52.90 of the app. This makes me believe that this feature is currently under testing and is available to only a few users. It is also worth mentioning that the video preview is available only for videos visible in the News Feed. It means if you will go to any Facebook page and browse through their timeline, you will not see any video previews (at least at the time of this writing). You can notice this even in the video that I have embedded above. Similarly, video previews are currently not available for sponsored/promoted posts on the Facebook app.
So, what do you think of the Facebook video preview feature? Do you like it or you simply don’t care about it? Share your thoughts with us using the comments section below.