Facebook for iOS Now Features Human-Curated Events List in 10 Cities

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Facebook today announced plans to add human curation to its Facebook Events feature on iOS devices, with designated curators set to highlight notable events in a select number of cities.

Facebook Events, for those unfamiliar, is the Facebook feature that allows users to create dedicated Facebook event pages for parties, festivals, and more, and sign up to attend those events. Event pages are a useful way to share event details with a large number of people, including time, location, and information on others who are attending.

According to TechCrunch, iOS users in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. will see a new "Featured Events" option on the Events section of the app. Some users, described as "highly engaged," will also receive push notifications for interesting events.

Facebook's curators will cull through each city's top art, entertainment, family, festival, fitness, food & drink, learning, community, music, and sports events, and select a few with the capacity to accept some extra foot traffic.

"You can think about it like a weekend or weekly digest of cool stuff that you can do in your city" Facebook Events product manager Aditya Koolwal tells [TechCrunch].
Curated Featured Events will join existing event suggestions Facebook users receive, which have included events based on interest, past attendance, and friend attendance. Facebook's goal with Featured Events is to surface events early enough to give people time to plan to attend.

Facebook is also enhancing its Events section with new event categories that include things like "Music," "Food," "The Weekend," and more. While Facebook's new Curated Events feature is only available in a limited number of cities, Facebook may consider expanding it in the future should it prove popular.

Article Link: Facebook for iOS Now Features Human-Curated Events List in 10 Cities
 

ArtOfWarfare

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I like this idea. I never know about interesting things happening in Boston until it's too late.
 

Glassed Silver

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I like this idea. I never know about interesting things happening in Boston until it's too late.
I have a hard time imagining that a big city like Boston doesn't have access to several apps and portals that would send you alerts based on interests, no? :/

As for Facebook, seems like a cool idea really. Human curation can be worth quite a lot, even when algorithms often find what would otherwise fly under the radar.

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JosephAW

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Great... Now you'll be able to track where the flash mobs are looting and can join in. Right?
 

eoblaed

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Native iPad Pro!! What the hell. It's been almost 10 months and we still have to suffer through a small-res app that's blown up all fuzzy like.
 

SteveJobs2.0

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It's interesting how a decade ago having computers and algorithms do all the thinking was all the rage. Now, it's considered advanced and posh to have humans once again curating content.
 
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