Starting today, Facebook announces its latest tweak to its mobile apps as it debuts a new look for notifications on both Android and iOS – Facebook Location Based Notifications.
It’s rolling out an expanded notifications tab that will show you friends’ life milestones, events you’ve joined and a few details based on pages you’ve liked, such as sports scores and upcoming TV shows. You can also see local goings-on if you like, including movies, restaurants and weather.
For instance, it will show information about the weather in your area, local news and events, movies playing in your region and recommendations for local eateries.This is all pegged to your location history in your Facebook app.
For now, Facebook can only personalise based on pages you’ve “liked”, which isn’t something the average user does a lot, so the predictable next step could be personalised notifications based on data that Facebook collects about your browsing habits, including publications you read regularly or adverts you click on.
The Facebook update is going to first roll out for iOS and Android users in the United States. The feature will gradually spread to Android and iOS devices over time, so don’t be surprised if it isn’t available right away. There may be more cards on the way, too.