With all of the information Facebook collects on its users, wouldn't it make sense if the app just told us all what to do? It knows our family and friends, what we like and even where we live. So, wouldn't more guidance from Facebook make us all happier?
Who knows about "happier," but with the release of Facebook's new event feature, the app can at least make our lives easier. Not only can the app suggest events you might be interested in, it also lets you search for events in your area. Whether you're looking for a great spot for a happy hour hangout, or are trying to make weekend plans, Facebook Events can help.
The app works by first matching people with events, and breaking them into categories. For example, you can search for nearby events involving food, sports, music, art, movies and even charity.
One perk is that the events Facebook suggests won't be offered based on marketing gimmicks designed to sell tickets. And, the events it finds are likely more promising than anything you'll find on MeetUp. The advantage is that Facebook won't be steering you toward one event over another.
It makes sense that Facebook would be interested in expanding into this market. It's already one of the most widely used platforms for event invites. And with millions of users already connecting through the app, this seems like the next logical step.
To use the new feature, just log in to the Facebook app on your smartphone. Tap the "More" icon. Then, tap "Events." You'll be shown a list of events you've been invited to personally, then beneath that you'll see suggestions of events that are popular in your network, and events that are popular within your community as a whole.