Facebook Wants to Help You Find Great Local Events
The social network will recommend events based on the interests of you and your friends.
Facebook is already the go-to source for , to help you stay in the know.
The social networking site announced a new feature this that will suggest interesting events near you based on your interests.
Featured Events uses an algorithm that incorporates both your preferences (at least the ones you've shared with Facebook), past events you have attended, and what types of events are popular with your friends.
“You can think about it like a weekend or weekly digest of cool stuff that you can do in your city,” Facebook product manager Aditya Koolwal told Tech Crunch.
Alhough Facebook is eager to get people to attend local events, the suggestions will also keep in mind the limitations of smaller venues that could be overwhelmed with foot traffic: “What we do is have a team of people who are basically looking at events on Facebook that have broad appeal, that a lot of people could go to, and they’re highlighting ones they think will be good to list out,” Koolwal added.
For now, the new feature is only available in 10 U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Depending on how the feature performs, Facebook could expand the program.