Originally created during one of Facebook’s company hackathons, the new feature gives you the option to see upcoming events — as well as things like friends’ birthdays — on a calendar rather than in Facebook’s traditional list format.
“A couple of us felt there should be a better way for people to see their friends’ birthdays a few days in advance and make plans for the weekend. So we built it,” Bob Baldwin, the Facebook software engineer behind the project said in a blog post on the site.
“Before a recent hackathon, a few of us created a Facebook group called ‘Social Calendar Dreamers’ to spark discussion around making Events more visual,” wrote Baldwin. “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.”
The new list and calendar view makes it easier to see upcoming birthdays, events, and suggested events. Suggested events are added based on a number of factors such as your friends, pages you like, places where you’ve checked in and the apps you use on Facebook.
You can respond to event invites directly from the calendar view page, without having to ever visit a separate event page.
Calendar view is gradually rolling out to all Facebook users. You can check it out by going to your Events page on Facebook and then clicking the “Calendar” tab on the top left side of the screen.