At this moment, you probably have dozens of Facebook event invitations — birthday parties, reunions, concerts, poetry readings, and the random “I have a new phone and need your numbers” request. Calendo, an iPhone app that launched Wednesday, sorts through these events (as well as others in your area) to recommend only the best ones. In beta, those who used Calendo went to twice as many events.
Local businesses are thriving on Facebook, according to statistics released Friday by Dan Levy, director of small business at the social network, who said more than 2 billion connections exist on Facebook between users and local businesses, adding that approximately 70 percent of monthly active users in the U.S. and Canada are connected to local businesses.
Tired of event invites from friends you haven’t talked to in three years who live across the country? There’s a way to fix that, without having the awkward conversation asking them to stop inviting you. Facebook recently made it harder for event administrators to invite large swaths of friends — a move that social media expert Mari Smith said might have been an attempt to combat the problem of unwanted event invites. But there’s a way to block invites based on who is sending them.
Facebook users who manage events with hundreds of people involved (or who simply invite their entire friend lists) will start meeting some friction. As noticed by an AllFacebook reader and by social media expert Mari Smith, Facebook is restricting invitations on events. Now, users can only invite 100 users at a time, and there can only be 300 pending invitations on events.
Facebook is working to correct a pair of bugs, with one affecting users’ ability to display events they are attending on their Timelines, and the other preventing them from viewing their search histories on the social network. UPDATE: The bug affecting search histories has been corrected, according to Facebook.
Facebook announced an update to its Ads Manager that will allow advertisers to better analyze their campaigns by drilling down into specific metrics, rather than just seeing an overview of all actions for those campaigns.
Facebook has been testing multiple ways to get users to interact with events lately, but a recent addition may be a bit redundant. When users RSVP to Facebook events, there will be a link under the attendees’ names — “See Stories.” This will prompt users to welcome other people who are going to the events with posts.
While the Facebook applications for iOS and Android are updated with regularity, BlackBerry doesn’t get the same love. The company announced Thursday that the Facebook and Twitter apps for the BlackBerry 10 phone were updated. Now the Facebook app has the technology to let you know if friends are nearby, as well as better photo and event features.
Invited to a friend’s picnic or barbeque on Facebook, but unsure if you should bring a coat or just arrive in a T-shirt? Facebook wants to help. The company announced that it will start adding weather information to event pages and locations, showing a general forecast and an estimate of high and low temperatures.