Facebook Apps Refreshed With Deeper Notifications for Users
Users of the mobile apps will soon see a wider range of useful information on friends, places and more in the notifications tab of the apps.Facebook's Android and iOS mobile apps are getting an update that will soon give users much more information about their friends' posts, weather, movie times, upcoming events and more, through an expanded notifications tab in the apps.
The improvements and new personalization features, which are now rolling out to users, were unveiled by Keith Peiris, a Facebook product manager, in an Oct. 26 announcement."Every day, people use their notifications to keep up-to-date with their friends and family," wrote Peiris. "We've heard feedback that people wanted to add important information that they can easily see, all in one place." Based on that feedback, Facebook developers have added a wide assortment of notifications to the tab, beyond just noting when a friend has added a new post. The expanded notifications tab now will display birthday and other life milestones about friends, as well as sports scores and television programming reminders that are based on Facebook pages that users have "liked," wrote Peiris. Also to appear in the notifications tab are upcoming events that users have signed up for, including events and news happening in their communities, weather updates about current conditions and severe weather alerts, movies playing in local theaters and lists of nearby places to eat, complete with reviews and links to Facebook pages for the establishments. A new trends section is also being added, which provides a place for users to stay up to date with what is happening in the world each day, with constant updates and details as they surface.