Facebook finally adds a calendar view for events, birthdays


Developed during a recent Facebook Hackathon, a group of Facebook engineers have designed and launched a new calendar for the Events page that allows a Facebook user to view all events in any given month at once. The engineers have included two options to view upcoming and past events, a list view and a traditional calendar view. When a Facebook user clicks on the Events page, the new design will show profile pictures of anyone that has a birthday as well as events that friends are attending. If a friend’s birthday is today, Facebook also offers the option of writing a “Happy Birthday” message directly from the Events page.

Facebook List viewBeyond birthdays and recent parties, the events calendar also includes check-in data throughout the entire year and pages that the user has liked. Regarding the development of the new Events page, Facebook product engineer Bob Baldwin stated “A few of us created a Facebook group called “Social Calendar Dreamers” to spark discussion around making Events more visual. At the next hackathon, engineers from the events, photos, messages and other teams hacked through the night to build a better way to view events. By 6 a.m., we had a prototype that worked.”

Within list view, the user can scroll down the page to load more upcoming events during future months. The user can also click the arrow buttons on the small calendar on the left side of the screen to skip between future or past months. Each time the button is clicked, the page automatically loads all events from that month. This monthly navigation is ideal for locating past events in order to browse through comments and pictures on the events page.

If the user clicks on the calendar button at the top of the page, the entire view shifts to a traditional calendar. This will also become the default view each time the user visits the Events page on Facebook in the future. In addition to listing profile pictures for birthdays, the user can click on any calendar events to be taken to an event page. The user can also hover over the link to bring up an overlay window that offers the choice of joining the event or hiding it from the calendar view. The latter option can be helpful to clear events that aren’t in the area or simply aren’t relevant to the user. In order to see future months in the calendar view, the user scrolls down the page to load more months within the year. The user can also move back through time one month at a time by clicking the link for the past month at the top of the screen.

With this new framework for the Events page in place, it’s likely that the Facebook engineers will continue to build on the concept with deeper integration into photo albums as well as more Timeline data about major life events such as moving to a new city or the birth of a child. As of right now, the Events page revision is only available on the Web version of Facebook.

Social Media

Facebook just added a petition tool. What could possibly go wrong?

Facebook now has a petition tool called Community Action. Facebook Community Actions allow users to create or support a cause. But is the feature just asking for trouble on a network already plagued by fake news and fake accounts?

2019's 10 best dating apps to help you find the perfect companion

Everyone knows online dating can be stressful, time-consuming, and downright awful. Check out our top picks for the best dating apps, so you can streamline the process and find the right date, whatever you're looking for.

Delete tracking cookies from your system by following these quick steps

Cookies are useful when it comes to saving your login credentials and other data, but they can also be used by advertisers to track your browsing habits across multiple sites. Here's how to clear cookies in the major browsers.

Our favorite Windows apps will help you get the most out of your new PC

Not sure what apps you should be downloading for your newfangled Windows device? Here are the best Windows apps, whether you need something to speed up your machine or access your Netflix queue. Check out our categories and favorite picks.
Social Media

A quick swipe will soon let you keep bingeing YouTube on mobile devices

The YouTube mobile app has a new, faster way to browse: Swiping. Once the update rolls out, users can swipe to go to the next (or previous) video in the recommended list, even while viewing in full screen.

Starting your very own vlog? Here are the best cameras to buy

Any camera that shoots video can be used to vlog, but a few models stand out from the crowd thanks to superior image quality, ergonomics, and usability. When it comes to putting your life on YouTube, here are the best cameras for the job.
Social Media

Twitter extends its new timeline feature to Android users

Twitter users with an Android device can now quickly switch between an algorithm-generated timeline and one that shows the most recent tweets first. The new feature landed for iPhone users last month.
Social Media

YouTube to crack down on dangerous stunts like the ‘Bird Box’ challenge

YouTube already bans content showing dangerous activities, but new rules published by the site go into greater detail regarding potentially harmful challenges and pranks, including certain blindfold- or laundry detergent-based stunts.
Social Media

Nearly 75 percent of U.S. users don’t realize Facebook tracks their interests

Did you know Facebook tracks your interests, including political and multicultural affiliations? According to a recent Pew study, 74 percent of adult users in the U.S. have no idea Facebook keeps a running list of your interests.

It’s back! Here’s how to switch to Twitter’s reverse chronological feed

Twitter has finally brought back the reverse chronological feed, allowing you to see your feed based on the newest tweets, rather than using Twitter's algorithm that shows what it thinks you want to see. It's easy to switch.
Social Media

Nearly a million Facebook users followed these fake Russian accounts

Facebook purged two separate groups behind more than 500 fake accounts with Russian ties. One group had ties to Russian news agency Sputnik, while the other had behavior similar to the Internet Research Agency's midterm actions.
Social Media

Twitter suffers privacy scare as bug reveals tweets of protected accounts

If you set your Twitter account to private and you have an Android device, you'd better check your settings now. Twitter says it's just fixed a four-year-old bug that flipped the privacy switch to make the account public.

Switch up your Reddit routine with these interesting, inspiring, and zany subs

So you've just joined the wonderful world of Reddit and want to explore it. With so many subreddits, however, navigating the "front page of the internet" can be daunting. Here are some of the best subreddits to get you started.
Social Media

Spice up your Instagram videos by adding your top tunes to the soundtrack

Have you ever taken a beautiful video, only to have it ruined by some jerk in the background yelling curse words? Here's a list of apps you can use to add your own music to Instagram posts as well as your Story.