You can no longer opt for “Maybe” on Facebook events, as the social network has completely replaced it with something users should be more inclined to use: an “Interested” button.
- Facebook has replaced “Maybe” with “Interested” on public events
- The “Maybe” is still available on private events
- Users who chose “Interested” will receive updates and notifications about the event
- It will soon be possible to invite non-users by email address
The change that has now rolled out to all users was first announced by a Facebook spokesperson in an interview with The Next Web. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re probably looking in the wrong direction, as the “Interested” button is only available on public Event pages. Facebook decided to let the “Maybe” button live only on private events.
Why should you choose the “Interested” option? Because you’re letting the event organizer know you’re interested, even though you haven’t made a decision yet. At the same time, pressing “Interested” will also include you on the notifications list, so you can be updated in case you do decide to go.
The “Maybe” button had its fair share of ambiguity, as organizer never knew what that meant – is the user actually show up? The chance of RSVPing to an event should increase with the changing of the wording from “Maybe” to “Interested.” It’s a feature Facebook has been toying with since March 2013.
Facebook has been gradually improving its Events section, a tool that’s mostly used for concerts or conferences, but also for baby showers or birthday parties. Part of Facebook’s focus on this feature is the alerts about nearby and upcoming events the social network has launched earlier this year.
Users can also choose to subscribe to events, which will also include receiving notifications about events near you hosted by favorite Pages. In response to the feedback that some users gave about the inability to invite friends who don’t use Facebook, Aditya Koolwal, Events product manager, said the team is working on making it possible to invite by email address.
This tool will be especially useful in emerging markets, where Facebook isn’t as popular yet. That person will receive an email so they can RSVP without having to log in on Facebook. Those people won’t be able to experience the full Facebook experience, but that’s fine for event organizers, because what’s important is that anyone can be invited.
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