Facebook has launched a new standalone mobile app to help you and your friends find out about local events.
The Facebook Events will be initially available on iOS, with an Android version “coming soon”, the company has announced.
Facebook Events is a standalone version of the events section that is currently available on the social network.
The events lets users, businesses or event organisers share all manner of events, as well as helping to inform others of any events they may be interested in.
“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,” said Aditya Koolwal, product manager at Facebook.
“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.”
According to Koolwal, more than 100 million users per day use Facebook’s event section to help them find out about events or activities they can attend.
When you open the new app, you can search on events based on a number of factors, including events your friends might be interested in, events from Pages you like, and updates from events you are already connected to.
Facebook then presents a list of events which it displays in a similar way to your timeline, whereby you can scroll through and click to find out more information on any of the events that are featured.
Facebook uses information from your location, interests and that of your friends to help determine what events are displayed.
You can also find out about events happening in a particular location by searching on the app’s interactive map.
Facebook Events also includes a built in calendar so you can plan you busy social life! The calendar and also be integrated with Apple’s iCal or Google Calendar.
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