Facebook kills Notify app 7 months after launching it

– Facebook is shutting down its Notify app after launching it merely seven months ago, Engadget says.

Notify was designed to send notifications from a curated list of news sources — you could pick from its content partners, including Bloomberg Business, CNN and The New York Times — to your lock screen. You could even follow specific parts of a publication, such as the sports section, instead of the whole thing. In a statement the social network sent out, it said that it’ll begin integrating Notify’s features into other products like Messenger. It will also pull Notify from the App Store.

“Starting on Wednesday, June 8, we will begin integrating Notify functionality into other Facebook products, like Messenger, and will be removing Notify from the App Store. Since launching Notify, we’ve learned a lot about how to make notifications as timely and relevant as possible and we heard from people using the app that Notify helped them stay informed about things they cared about throughout the day,” Facebook said.

“With more than 900 million people using Messenger each month, we think there is a great opportunity for publishers to reach even more people interested in real-time updates from their favorite sources.”