Facebook has been working on making Facebook Events more of a useful what-to-do do app.
An announcement was made on December 17th by Facebook saying that an there is an update to its iOS app that allows users in 10 major US cities the ability to browse through Facebook Events in their locations. This new discovery feature, which can be found in the Events dashboard dashboard, will let people see events that are sorted by categories, such as music, food and drink, sports, fitness or nightlife. Another nice part of this feature lets users switch locations to check out events in other cities.
Right now, the problem is that the feature can only be seen by people who are using their iPhones in these major cities:
- New York
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Washington DC
It’s likely that there will be a wider rollout and extension to Android devices, seeing the increased emphasis Facebook has been putting on Events over the course of the last few months.
Despite the face that, in July, the service was used by 450 million people monthly, the folks at Facebook knows that Events still needs a lot of work.
Lately, the efforts of Facebook have started coming nto focus, such as more public events being shown in people’s News Feeds, smarter notification, and even surfacing of related events.
“We have a good sense of how people look for things to do,” Facebook product manager Aditya Koolwal told Wired last month. “The social signals we have, the friends who are interested in going, the friends you can potentially go with — that’s our bread and butter, so we’re going to try and take advantage of that as much as we possibly can as we roll out more discovery features.”