Facebook Launches Standalone Calendar-Based 'Events' App

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Facebook yesterday announced the launch of a standalone iOS app that lets users of the social network directly access its "Events" features, which the company says have more than 100 million daily users.

Facebook Events

Today we're announcing Events from Facebook, a new app we designed for event seekers who are passionate about keeping up with nearby events and finding things to do with their friends. Whether you're looking for something to attend this weekend or just wondering what's happening in your area, Events will help get you there.

The app offers a feed of events that are created or followed by users' Facebook friends, including any updates to events that users have confirmed they're going to, as well as those promoted by any commercial pages they follow.

Events can be searched based on time, location, and interest, and upcoming events can be browsed via an interactive map. To keep track of events, the app also offers a calendar view, to which existing Google and iCloud calendars can be added, so it's easier for users to make plans.

Facebook events is a free download for iPhone and iPad from the U.S. App Store, but availability in other regional stores remains patchy as of Saturday. [Direct Link]

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53 months ago


To keep track of events, the app also offers a calendar view, to which existing Google and iCloud calendars can be added, so it's easier for users to make plans.

Yes. The entire point of allowing you to upload your existing calendars to Facebook is to make it easier for the user to make plans and is not simply there to make it easier for Facebook to data mine every aspect of your life.
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53 months ago
Great, more individual apps
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53 months ago
Not falling for this. Deactivated Facebook already though.
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53 months ago
They need a standalone poke app
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53 months ago
Why
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53 months ago
Cool! I love when a company breaks out their product into millions of ridiculous separate apps. They need to have a Friends app too, exclusively for adding people. Then they can release their new Pokes app, just to manage your pokes. Also they need a new app for their marketplace, and a separate app for your wall would be a great idea too. They can have one called Status, where you just post your current status and nothing else. All of this would ensure users have nothing but apps from Facebook on their phone and provides a much less confusing, better experience.
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