Why You're Seeing Lightning Bolts In Your Facebook Feed
You might spot a lightning bolt or five in your Facebook news feed. That bolt indicates an Instant Article, a new feature from the social media site.By Mikah Sargent | October 20, 2015
As you scroll through your Facebook news feed, you might come across a news article with a lightning bolt in the top right corner. Take a deep breath — Facebook's changing your news feed again.
Lucky for us, this change makes things load faster. The lightning bolt means the content you see is an Instant Article — y'know, that thing Facebook's been hyping for a while now. Facebook says Instant Articles load 10 times faster than a typical Web page, hence the "instant" part.
So how does it work? First, you should know Facebook is really good at housing and displaying images, video, text and more. And it's also really good at sending you that media as quickly as it can.