Facebook was very busy last week. On Monday, they released Marketplace, a feature that allows you to "buy and sell things in your neighborhood." On Tuesday, they had to apologize because people were using it to sell illegal or inappropriate items or services. On Thursday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg did a live video demonstration for Oculus virtual reality headsets. Do these people ever sleep?
Probably. But they aren't showing any signs of slowing down. And since they've recently released yet another app, it seems they're figuring out more ways to insert themselves into more areas of your life.
Remember how Facebook Messenger started out as a way to talk to friends within Facebook before it was made into its own phone app? Well now they've done the same thing with the events feature. The Events by Facebook phone app has all the same functions such as keeping track of events you've RSVP'ed to, reminding you of events before they start, and suggesting other events you may be interested in. But now you can sync it to your phone's calendar.
Syncing the app to your phone is optional, but if you choose to do so then it makes your phone's calendar obsolete. That seems to be Facebook's strong suit, improving upon and then replacing other people's ideas. In the very beginning, Facebook eclipsed Myspace by being more exclusive. The new Marketplace app I mentioned earlier could replace Craigslist. And now Events from Facebook seems to be very similar to Eventbrite, which is a website/app that people can use to sell or purchase event tickets.
The reason that Facebook can take over so many areas is because it has something that that Myspace, Craigslist, Eventbrite, and other sites don't - consolidation. What started as an online social gathering became a place where people can also keep up with trending news, shop online businesses and follow celebrity pages. Facebook has a hand in so many things and it's quickly becoming a one-stop shop for all your online needs.
The app is available to download for free right now for Apple devices and will be available for Android devices soon. When you first open it up, you're prompted to select categories, like sports, shopping or causes, so that the app can suggest events you'd be interested in. You set a location so that it shows you events nearby and you can opt in to notifications so that the app can remind you when an event is about to start.
When you're done setting up the app, it takes you to a page that looks like your Facebook newsfeed, except it only shows you events your Facebook friends are attending or interested in. This is your home screen, denoted by a house icon at the bottom. Click the magnifying glass icon to search events by date, location or category. Click the calendar page icon to view a list of scheduled events, such as things you've already RSVP'ed to. The person icon takes you to your account settings and you can find your notifications by clicking the inbox in the top right-hand corner.
It seems like a very helpful app that streamlines the process of planning your social calendar. It can only access your location and phone's calendar if you allow it permission. So if you're a very busy social butterfly who needs help keeping track of your schedule, this could be very useful.