A new update for the Facebook iPhone app has become available today, including one of the most-often requested features: The ability to enable “push” notifications across most of the network’s notification-worthy events. Once you have installed the update, the app will tell you when you have received messages, been tagged in photos, received wall posts or friend requests, and more. In addition, the app can now sync itself to your iPhone contacts list.
If you’re worried about notification overload or battery drain, of course, you can disable these new features after the application has been updated; simply find the “Facebook” submenu in your Settings app and switch off any pushes you don’t care for.
As with any update that makes a social network easier to use in more locations, this will undoubtedly be a double-edged sword; the urge to check one’s email when the number badge appears is already quite strong. Now I can find out who’s beating my Bejeweled score from anywhere? I may never look up at the world around me again.