Last week, we learned that Facebook was about to launch a new standalone app for breaking news called Notify. The reports were true, as Facebook just took the wraps off it.
The idea behind Notify is that you can get news alerts based on the things that interest you and by partner-based station. Facebook counts 72 publishers among its launch partners. These include ABC, Bleacher Report, Bloomberg Business, BuzzFeed, CNN, E!, Fox News, Fandango, ET, EW, People, The New York Times, Time, The Verge, Vice, Wired, Vanity Fair, and many others. You can see the full list here.
More sources will be added in the future.
"To create your personal mix of notifications you select the stations from which you want to receive updates," product manager Julian Gutman explains. "Sources like the ones above will publish notifications through these stations when there are relevant updates. Notify also provides station suggestions based on your Facebook profile, and it’s easy to discover and add new stations any time."
"You’ll receive notifications, delivered right to your lock screen, and a quick glance will keep you connected to the things that you care about throughout the day," says Gutman. "If you want to see more, just swipe or tap through any Notify notification to open the link in the app’s browser where you can read the full article, watch the video, or view the site."
Notifications can easily be shared with friends via Facebook, text, email, or other social networks from your lockscreen. You can also save notifications for later.
Notify is for iPhone only for the time being. The company didn't mention any plans to expand it to other mobile platforms. That probably depends on how much people care about this one.
You can download the app or just get a closer look from notify.co.
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