Facebook set to expand smartphone alerts

FACEBOOK is attempting to deliver more personalised information to its members by expanding its mobile alerts to include sports scores, weather updates and local news updates.

At this stage, the social media network only sends alerts to smartphone users about posts by friend, birthdays and upcoming events.

Facebook says the expanded alerts service will now include community news and events, storm warnings and other weather information, and suggestions for television programs or nearby movies.


“We’ve heard feedback that people wanted to add important information that they can easily see, all in one place,” Facebook product manager Keith Peiris said on Monday.

Members will be able to personalise these messages for “things happening around your community, like local events and news that is popular in the city you live in,” Peiris added.

Facebook says the change will be rolling out gradually to users of Android and iOS devices but that the notifications will be opt-in.

“Your current notification settings will not change, and you can adjust those any time in your settings,” through “cards” on the social network, Peiris said.

“We’ll continue to listen to feedback about the information people find most useful and may periodically add more cards to choose from.”