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Facebook Begins Rolling Out Revamped Notifications Tab On Mobile.

Apart from checking out what’s happening in your friends’ lives, is pretty adept at keep you up to date on key information such as birthdays, events and the like.

notifications will undergo a revamp on the mobile app as the company plans to introduce a ‘card-style’ of presenting these. made the announcement in a press statement and said that they will start rolling out the expanded notifications to Android and iPhone users in the US first.As Facebook continues to pack in more and more kinds of content into your feed, it’s only natural it helps you better filter through what you care about more.

The new notifications style will let users customise information according to life events or birthdays, Sports scores, TV reminders (based on pages a user likes on ), alerts about upcoming events, etc. That little tab plagued by a tireless numeric red badge that led to an endless feed of social happenings is getting a much-needed upgrade that really heightens its utility. Just like how Facebook doesn’t know what’s in your email, what directions you map, what you web search for, or what’s going on in your Android phone. Starting today, Facebook is rolling out an expanded, enhanced notifications tab that will put that information up front and center, in one central location. The notifications tab is now more of a you-centric newsfeed than ever, sucking in some of the best widgets from the Facebook sidebar on desktop and giving notifications on mobile a much more structured appearance.

This newly designed tab will now include a wider range of pertinent information from your Facebook contacts, events you’re attending, pages you’ve followed and the like. Facebook, in fact, is calling each block of data a “card,” just like Google Now. “You can also customize the info you see by tapping the arrow to the right of each card, or Add More Cards at the bottom of the tab,” the company said in an announcement. Despite Facebook’s FB 1.55% ongoing claim that its sophisticated algorithms filter each user’s News Feed to show them only content they want to see, Tuesday’s move is a tacit nod from the company that a cheat sheet that can be customized is needed.

News gets broken up into multiple categories — you’ll see stories trending across all of Facebook along with stories shared frequently wherever you happen to live. You’ll now also be able to configure this tab to include scores from sporting events, information on upcoming events in your locality, movies playing in nearby theaters and interesting places to eat including links to the establishments’ Facebook pages. As much as we enjoy spending absurd amounts of time scrolling through our seemingly unlimited New Feeds, sometimes we just need to be alerted when the things we really care about happen. To access these updated notifications, you will need to specifically modify the relevant settings–it won’t automatically override your current notification selections. It can pull relevant info like flight times and changes from your email, display breaking world news updates, or give you a heads up about traffic between your home and office.

Right now, for example, the sports scores you see are tied to which teams you have “liked” on Facebook — a step millions of us haven’t taken, and never will. Facebook did recently start testing M, a concierge feature that lets you use Messenger to send requests and chores to a hybrid system of human brains and artificial intelligence. But today Facebook launched what could be considered the closest thing it has to a traditional personal digital assistant inside the Notifications tab…it just didn’t name it. Previously customization in the FB app, whether in regards to notifications or privacy, has focused more on checkboxes of what is and what is not included. But most people will stick with the defaults, and the result is a kind of secondary News Feed that (at least in the case of news and sports scores) carries much of the same information as the original.

Notifications have traditionally been the place in a social app where you see the absolute most personally relevant information; by expanding what it sees as notification-worthy, Facebook may be diluting that. Facebook’s contextual assistant is built into the place people already spend so much of their time, whether they’re on iOS or Android: Facebook, and more specifically, Facebook’s notifications tab. And it’s not buried as just another option in the Facebook app’s “More” navigation drawer, where products like “Nearby Places” or the “Saved” read-it-later feature have been banished and forgotten.

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