Facebook will introduce a Slideshow maker, and is also adding a human-curated featured Events list for iOS users in the US. The featured event will go live for 10 US cities, and they will see the option of Featured events in a carousel style on top of their list of upcoming events, reports TechCrunch.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook will have curators putting together the top events in each city ranging across topics like art, music, dining, etc.
“You can think about it like a weekend or weekly digest of cool stuff that you can do in your city,” Facebook Events product manager Aditya Koolwal told TechCrunch. Cities where the feature is launching are: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC.
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The Slideshow maker might have been spotted by some iOS users on the Facebook app, and will be rolled out to users by the end of this week. It might appear after you’ve gone out some place say for a holiday or a brunch and have taken more than five pictures in the last 24 hours. We had spotted the Slideshow option during a recent outing with the app offering various themes for this slideshow.
According to another report on TechCrunch, “Slideshow began testing with some users as part of the Facebook app’s status composer in December.” The feature was originally in the Moments apps.
The Slideshow is “automatically composed” combining photos, videos and users can add themes as well.
The Slideshow feature from Facebook is not surprising. Apple is planning to introduce Memories in iOS 10 to clump together photos from a vacation, or family dinner, Google Photos already has an Assistant, which puts together photos in a slideshow, or stylised form at times.
Facebook, which has seen a dip in personal content sharing, is looking at Slideshow to counter some of this dip and get people to share more. Facebook has become more of a platform for sharing news articles, while apps like Snapchat are gaining users, especially younger audiences who share more videos and photos there.
Let us know if you’ve spotted slideshow in your Facebook iOS app as well.