Facebook Launch Dedicated Events App
That in mind, a dedicated app for browsing nearby events makes a lot of sense. Facebook Events launched on iOS in the US at the end of last week, with a broader release set to come in the next few weeks. It's made up of 4 tabs - Home, which is just a feed of all your friends' event activity, a search function which shows you nearby events using the map tool, as well as being able to find things through the search bar, a calendar showing everything you've got coming up and finally a stripped down version of your profile.
You can also see any events announced by pages you follow, as you would on your normal Facebook feed, so all told it basically operates like a more slick, slightly more sophisticated version of the standard Facebook events function. The biggest advantage of this is that you don't have to angle around 500 cat photos and 'tag a mate who drinks milk from the carton' to find that gig that caught your eye earlier.
Facebook have been putting much more effort into Events over the past few years. It first emerged in 2005, floundered until about 2011, when local area information was added and then overhauled in 2014. Last year 450 million users were taking advantage of Events, and talk of a standalone app was already starting to pick up some volume.
Regular readers might have noticed that I'm not exactly in the Facebook fan club, but the Events function has always been its saving grace, for me. Firstly, it encourages people to get outside, secondly, it's great for organising demonstrations and getting young people more politically involved and thirdly it's a better resource for promoting nights and other events than any flyer. This is well worth a download.
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Facebook Launch Dedicated Events App Reviewed by Callum Davies on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Rating: