Facebook has launched a new version of Facebook Events, simplifying the process of creating an event to one step.
The most noticeable change is the newly-added ability to create events right from your home page. There is now a box that allows you to type in what you are planning, when it’s taking place, where, and finally who is invited. Facebook’s goal is to dramatically lower the barrier to creating an event, making it a more useful tool for planning impromptu dinners or small trips.
That’s not the only thing that has changed. The “Create an Event” page has also been revamped, with a focus on “What are you planning?” rather than just giving your event a title. At the same time, event creation has been streamlined, but at the cost of a few features. You no longer control whether people can post photos or message to an event’s wall: anyone invited to the event will have that capability be default. There are now just two types of events as well: public events and private events — there is no more open, closed, or secret options.
Facebook events are also a useful and cheap (=free) way to organize meetups and conferences that do not require an advanced registration system. Given the large number of people registered to Facebook it allows attendees to easily extend the invitation to more [new] people.