Facebook is Expanding Stories to Cover Live Events

Facebook’s Stories feature, which was a grasp at trying to steal folks away from the Snapchat platform, might be getting quite a bit more useful in the coming months.

As detailed by The Verge, Facebook is planning on testing a brand new feature within Stories that will focus on live events, and making it easier to “meet up with friends IRL”. (Do people say IRL anymore?) The social network will be testing the new Stories feature in the United States, Brazil, and Mexico, and it will be available for iOS and Android users when it goes live. There is no word on a public launch, though, so that may still be a ways out.

This new Stories feature will make it easy to share specific details of an incoming live event with your friends and family. Folks will be able to see who wants to go and is planning on showing up. And since this is based in Stories, there are stickers that people will be able to tap and get more information about the event. The stickers will let viewers choose “interested” or “going”, along with a link to the event page.

There’s even a quick way to start a group chat within Messenger for folks who are planning on going.

As mentioned above, this is just a test so far, but this does seem like a pretty solid idea. It’s not a huge feature that will make a bunch of new Facebook users show up, but considering Facebook is still a major tool for calendar and social events, this could be a nice addition.

[via The Verge]