Facebook Wants to Be Your Social Planner

Site rolls out 'suggested events' feature based on your previous activity
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2011 6:41 AM CST
Facebook Wants to Be Your Social Planner
Facebook will look into your history and suggest events for you.   (AP Photo/dapd, Joerg Koch)

(Newser) – Have you ever stayed home on a Saturday night wishing someone would have sent you a Facebook invitation to something, anything? Well, if so, Facebook has your back. It recently quietly rolled out a new “suggested Events” feature, replacing the old “Friends’ Events” one. It recommends events to you based not only on what your friends are going to, but based on places you’ve checked into, pages you’ve liked, and music you’ve listened to on Open Graph apps like Spotify, TechCrunch reports.

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Facebook says it’s still “testing” the page, even though all users now have access to it. While several companies have tried to launch similar event suggestion services—like UpOut, or SeatGeek’s Columbus—TechCrunch thinks Facebook has a leg up, because it already knows you. And the feature might just quiet the curmudgeons who complain that Facebook leads people to avoid real-world interaction and, well, sit at home on their computer on Saturday night. (Read more Facebook stories.)

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