Facebook is slowly becoming smarter and smarter about the content it presents to its users. First it was Instant Articles, then it made search better by opening it up to 2 trillion posts across the social network. Now the notifications tab is getting an overhaul to look and act a lot like Google Now.
In the latest update, which should be rolling out to Android and iOS as you read this, Facebook is giving users control over what shows up in their notifications. No longer will it be just about when someone liked your post or sent you a message. Now users can see things like friends’ milestones, sports scores, upcoming events and more.
The update means you’ll get a feed much more tailored to your preferences, making Facebook more of a hub for information, and not just a place where you go to rant about politics.
Below are just a few of the things you can include in your notifications tab:
- Friends’ milestones, like birthdays and life events
- Sports scores and TV reminders, based on Pages you’ve liked
- Upcoming events that you’ve joined
- Things happening around your community, like local events and news that is popular in the city you live in
- Weather updates, like current conditions and severe weather alerts
- Movies playing in theaters near you
- A list of nearby places to eat, with links to the place’s Facebook Pages and reviews
Facebook says your current notification settings won’t change, and everything can be adjusted to your personal preference. The update should be rolling out gradually beginning today in the U.S.