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Published: Thu, October 20, 2016
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Facebook allows it's users to order food, buy movie tickets

Facebook allows it's users to order food, buy movie tickets

Facebook released a new tool that maps out recommendations provided by your friends. This is the latest evolution of Facebook's quest to make the Yellow Pages come alive. Close ties to businesses mean more ad revenue.

To that end, the social giant is rolling out some new features created to help you solicit suggestions from "friends", and then pursue recommended products and services - all without leaving its platform.

Users will be able to include recommended business Pages in their comments, which will then be plotted on a map (as shown above). There'll also be a dedicated Recommendations page on Facebook that collects all of them in one feed. A running tab of all such queries will appear on the home page so that people can revisit them.

Facebook is keen to emphasize that Recommendations isn't just for restaurants.

The Recommendations tool will let you ask your friends' advice on, say, a romantic restaurant. Parks, museums, doctors offices - you name it. Any business that's now signed up for Delivery.com will see its delivery-ordering information automatically added to their Facebook page. Now you get to see a more tailored view of happenings that are more relevant to you.

Well, well, well. Facebook really is changing the definition of social networking or at least, is shedding the cloak of a mere social platform.

The actions you take on Events are also visible on Facebook.

Facebook, with 1.13 billion daily active users as of June - 84.5 per cent of whom are outside the United States and Canada, for now is limiting these new features to its US users. This all depends on the business in question.

Request Time: Coordinate your bookings.

Instead of switching back and forth from multiple apps to discover what to do and book tickets or appointments, the company is letting users complete these tasks without leaving Facebook. "Simply click "Start Order" on any restaurant's Facebook Page that uses Delivery.com or Slice", read Facebook's blogpost. The experience will be slightly different depending on the service. Through integrations with Eventbrite and Ticketmaster, you can buy tickets, register for events and get merchandise on the platform. If these are any indication, though, expect Facebook to make more moves that attempt to further integrate your real life with the service it offers. "It's well within the capability of this device and what it knows about you to deliver on that", he said, holding up a phone.

The success of the features relies in large part on how easy Facebook makes it to find them, said Jed Kleckner, CEO of delivery.com, one of Facebook's food-delivery partners. "We don't have to do that work". "Businesses want to participate and gain access to where the people are".

And this is only just the beginning. We're also rolling out a way for posts to be tagged with products from the Shop section.

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