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Facebook brings restaurant reservations, TV / movie listings and hashtags to mobile
Facebook recently announced three updates for its mobile platform that will make everyday tasks a bit more convenient. You’ll soon be able to reserve a tablet at your favorite restaurant through Facebook Pages, find a movie or show to watch on television via Pages and have full hashtag support on the go.
The social network has partnered with real-time reservation service OpenTable which works with some 20,000 restaurants. Normally a user would need to use the OpenTable app or visit their website to secure a reservation but now, Facebook users can perform the same actions via participating restaurants’ Facebook page.
Facebook also revealed that primetime television and movie Facebook pages will be updated to display listing information. These listings will be based on your current time zone and are said to include the channel name, air time and a description of the show or movie playing. The listings will be identical to those that exist in cable box guides, magazines and newspapers, Facebook said.
Last but not least, Facebook is bringing hashtag support to mobile. The feature, which makes words and phrases clickable and searchable, first arrived for desktop users a couple of months ago. Just like the desktop version, mobile users will now be able to search hashtags to find posts from friends, Pages and public updates that contain them.
All of the features are expected to roll out automatically this week while listings and hashtag support is available to iOS users as of writing.
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