Available now on both iOS and Android, Local combines the previous features with things like local business listings and user reviews.
In other words, it’s Facebook’s take on the Yelp formula.
The most interesting aspect of Local, at least to me, continues to be its combination of calendar and event listings.
It could turn Facebook into a powerful seller of tickets, should it choose to pursue that path.
Facebook Local could help you pick between great bars on a block, and find out if one has a band playing.
Facebook Local’s home page shows shortcuts to see nearby restaurants, cafes, drinks, attractions, and more, as well as where friends and people you follow go.
You’ll see a calendar of your day’s Events, a Trending Events feed, guides to music, nightlife, art, and other happenings, and options to see everything going on certain days.
Recommendations are based on what’s popular with the user’s friends, where the user has been to in the past, the Pages the user likes, and Facebook’s curated Guides.
Calendars can be imported, so that all plans can be seen in one place.
Users will also be able to opt-in to get notifications about upcoming events, in case things change.