Facebook relaunched and renamed its Events app — potentially creating a more potent competitor to local event and business listing services such as Yelp.
The social networking giant on Friday unveiled Local from Facebook, its newly revamped Events app. Also known as Facebook Local, the updated app is a combination of Yelp, Foursquare, and the previous version of the Events app. Available in the US for both Apple iOS and Android devices, it mashes together information about events, local businesses, and places your friends have checked in. You can browse through lists of local bars, check out reviews of local restaurants, search for local businesses, and see what nearby friends are up to.
The app is a bit complicated with lots of filter and search options. Here’s how Facebook Local works:
Local from Facebook automatically syncs with your account on the social network.
If you already have the Facebook app installed on your phone, Local will connect with it. Once it’s synced with your Facebook account, it will know where you are, who your friends are, and what kind of things you’re typically interested in.
Local’s home screen is pretty overwhelming.
There are plenty of options and lots of information on the home screen. It shows you the weather, and you can view events that are trending in your area. If you’re traveling, you have the option of changing your location to discover what’s happening nearby.
Scrolling down, in the “For you” section, you’ll see a rolling list of events your Facebook friends have liked or RSVP’d to.
From the homepage, you can navigate to the map feature.