There’s a new rocket icon on your Facebook app, and here’s what it means

You may or may not have noticed that there’s a rocket icon on your Facebook app. If it’s not there, DON’T WORRY — you haven’t been deliberately excluded by the folks who run Facebook. The Facebook rocket is a test feature, therefore it only appears for a small subset of users. But, it’s a strange icon — so what’s the deal?

The rocket is a news feature that aggregates a separate feed of popular posts from pages and users you have not “liked” or “friended.”

Users have observed that it contains a great deal of content from nearby pages and users — but, like Instagram, it also displays topics that are relevant to a user’s specific interests. So, it seems like the feature takes into account a user’s “likes” and friends when posting news.[/subheader]

[The rocket feature] is a complementary feed of popular articles, videos, and photos, customized for each person based on content that might be interesting to them," a Facebook spokesperson confirmed to The Independent, adding that it's meant to provide an "easy way to explore new content they haven’t connected with yet."

A Mashable reader in the test group provided a screenshot to the publication — and it looked a little different than the rocket feature on other people’s phones. Labeled “Explore,” the feed has more of a magazine vibe and lays out news items side by side.

If the feature receives positive feedback, we may all see rockets appear on our Facebook apps in the near future.

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