In an article about some major changes Facebook was testing on its news feed, Geekwire noted that the social media company was also testing changes to Marketplace.
“The Marketplace button replaces the Messenger button in the iOS app, which has migrated up beside the search bar in these tests,” Geekwire wrote. “The UI update makes the existing Marketplace feature much more accessible on mobile and allows for quickly posting a picture of the object you’re selling to anyone around you.”
We reached out to Facebook to ask for more information and to inquire about Facebook and Instagram’s ecommerce initiatives. While declining an interview, a Facebook spokesperson told EcommerceBytes, “We are continuing to test the Marketplace experience to make it easier for people to buy and sell products locally on Facebook.”
Mobile apps for selling items locally are big these days – just this week, for example, TechCrunch reported that eBay’s Close5 app has been downloaded over 7 million times to date. However, eBay has yet to announce plans to monetize the app and how it might do so.