Facebook Events lives again as Local, a Yelp-like app for finding things to doEric David / SiliconANGLE - 2 years ago
  • Now it looks like Facebook wants to give Events another shot, as the company has relaunched Events as a new app called Local, which appears to be designed as a direct competitor to social review and discovery apps like Yelp and Foursquare.
  • The original Events app was essentially the same thing as the events tab from the core Facebook app, which highlighted concerts, parties, shows and other local events.
  • Local’s description says it is designed to “help you discover places and things to do recommended by friends you know and trust.” Like Yelp and Foursquare, Local offers a number of categories for local businesses and events, including restaurants, bars and attractions.
  • Facebook Local product manager Aditya Koolwal told TechCrunch that the app will not feature advertising for businesses, at least not at first, but depending on how successful Local is at getting customers in the door, the app may not need it.