If you’re bored and can’t figure out what to do with your week, you can browse through recommendations based on time, location, or your interests. There’s even a map to help you find things close to you (or in other cities, if you’re planning to travel).
Facebook is launching an all new app today dedicated solely to events, the creatively named Events from Facebook.
It’s basically a glorified calendar with some useful social media chops. The key feature is discovery: Open up the app and you can view the events your friends are interested in checking out and events hosted by Pages you like, in addition to updates to the events you’re already following.
Then there’s just a plain old calendar, which helps you keep track of all your upcoming events, and – importantly – you can integrate the calendars already on your phone too.
Some people already integrate their Facebook calendars into their everyday ones for convenience, but releasing its own calendar app lets Facebook shift the conversation around its own platform. If people begin using Facebook’s app, its own events get pushed to the forefront, and more people are encouraged to post events to Facebook in the first place.
Having a standalone app means I might actually want to tune in and see what’s going on around me, and I can see Events being fairly popular with everyday users who don’t need powerful calendar features, or tend to use Calendars at all. The discovery element in particular is something no oth