Facebook NPE Team Makes Forecast App Available to All in Canada, U.S.

It began testing on iOS in June

Crowdsourced predictions are the driving force behind Forecast Facebook NPE Team
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The Forecast iOS application that the Facebook NPE Team began testing in June is now publicly available in Canada and the U.S.

Crowdsourced predictions are the driving force behind Forecast, and the app enables members of its community to pose questions about the future, make predictions and discuss the topic.

Product lead Rebecca Kossnick said in a blog post last week that since the NPE Team began testing Forecast in June, there have been over 37,000 forecasts on hundreds of questions, adding that users have shared insights about current events and debated what the future holds in discussions about those questions.

Among updates to Forecast, its website was updated to make it easier for users to find the most popular topics and see user-generated predictions and discussion about national and state-level election results.

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People can also create and share their own forecasts, which are trackable over time and shareable across platforms. This can be done via the app, the website or the Forecast Twitter account.

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All content on Forecast must adhere to its moderation guidelines.

Kossnick wrote, “Since launching in June, we’ve heard from our small but dedicated community that they want simpler ways to forecast and to discuss what’s happening now, from the future of business, to sports, to the U.S. 2020 election.”

She added, “Like any set of predictions, Forecast cannot offer definitive answers about the future. However, as we’ve learned in our initial testing, when people take time to explain how they arrived at their forecasts, it appears to encourage measured, respectful conversation.”

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.