Facebook today added another application to its roster with a new app called Notify.
As its name suggests, Notify is meant to alert you when things are happening. You can specify what things you’re notified about by selecting various stations that you’re interested in, like The Final Scores station from Fox Sports, which will send end-of-game summaries for your favorite teams, and The Daily AM Forecast station that’ll send you local weather forecasts at the start of your day. Other stations that’ll be available include:
At launch, there are 72 sources that Notify can pull news from, including ABC, Billboard, BuzzFeed, CNN, Comedy Central, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Groupon, Hulu, Polygon, Sports Illustrated, and Vice.
When you get a notification that piques your interest, you can swipe or tap it to jump into the app’s browser to read an article or view a video. You can also share notifications via text, email, Facebook, and other social networks. There’s an option to save notifications for later, too, and the app will show you a feed of the notifications you’ve saved in the past 24 hours when you’re ready to catch up.
Lots of folks rely on Facebook for their news updates by liking sources and waiting for stories to pop up in their News Feed. Notify aims to make sure that you’re alerted to events even faster by pushing alerts directly to your phone. Certainly there are existing apps out there from news sources that’ll push alerts to your phone, but with Notify, Facebook has made one app that can send alerts from many different sources. The app has a simple design, and each alert includes the name of the source, the category that the alert falls into, and a brief summary so that you can get the gist of what’s going on without even jumping into the news story.
Facebook Notify is available right now on iOS, and you can grab it from the App Store right here. Facebook hasn’t said when Notify will be made available on Android.