Twitter’s always been the place to go for breaking news. Used by reporters worldwide to capture the essence of the moment in every breaking news story, Twitter has had a place in the sun. Until now. Facebook has just launched Notify.
Last week we told you Facebook was about to launch it’s #BreakingNews app, and lo and behold, Notify is here and many people are already calling a “Twitter-killer”. Facebook just calls it Notify, “a notifications app”. Well, notifications are one the first ways in which people find out about things, and as we know quite well, Facebook wants to be the first place we find out about things – “things that matter to us, from the sources we love, all in one place”. Facebook obviously wants to be that place.
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And since we all have different interests, Notify has many “stations” to make it easy for us to find the right notifications. For these stations, the company has teamed up with a range of different news producers – so if it’s sports you’re after, FOX Sports mans the Final Score station to give you end-of-game summaries. Fandango gets you all the newest trailers for movies, on the Hot New Trailers station, and Headspace brings meditation to the Daily Meditation station. There are tens more to choose from.
All a user has to do is choose the stations he/she would like to receive notifications from. Facebook will even suggest a few stations for them. There is a very long list of “sources powering multiple stations” so there isn’t really something not being covered here. New sources will be added soon.
Notifications will appear on your iPhone’s lock screen and you will be able to share them directly from there via “text, email, Facebook or other social networks”. Just swipe if you want to see more of any notification. You can also swipe to save notifications or view all notifications from a 24-hour period in one feed.
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