Facebook Update 2016: Ticketmaster To Sell Tickets Directly On Social Networking Service

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Facebook to sell tickets directly from Ticketmaster. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Ticketmaster and Facebook are teaming up to bring concert tickets directly to social media users. As you can already buy most things from the social networking service, this doesn't come as much of a surprise. In a recent interview Ticketmaster VP Dan Armstrong told BuzzFeed that the ticket retailer would begin selling admission to live music and other events through the social network's site and mobile app before April ends.

"By putting the ability to buy tickets directly within Facebook we hope that we’re going to provide a more seamless purchase experience and sell more tickets," Armstrong told BuzzFeed.

Armstrong has a point as Facebook users already RSVP to events regularly and adding direct ticket sales to that RSVP seems like a logical step in the right direction. Not only is this good for ticket sales but it will keep you on Facebook longer rather having to visit another site to complete your transaction.

Furthermore, users can also buy tickets through Facebook Messenger's experimental virtual assistant M, which will send you images of your tickets before an event upon your request.

Many of the details regarding the process are scarce, however BuzzFeed says that the social networking service will collect a "standard affiliate fee" from each purchase. Also users that purchase on Facebook will need to claim their tickets from the Ticketmaster website. 

BuzzFeed also mention that the option to buy directly from Facebook will only be limited to a select few general admission events, so it could be a few months before you can use the feature for all your concert tickets.

Meanwhile, Facebook's F-8 developer conference will kick off Tuesday, April 11. As The Verge reports, viewers should expect Mark Zuckerberg and his legion of developers to show off a few product announcements, one of which is expected to be a new bot store for Facebook Messenger.

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William Cannon is a Tech and Entertainment writer for Latin Times. Cannon joined the Latin Times team April 2013 and holds a B.A. in Convergent Journalism from MSU Denver. William is an avid gamer who drops slanderous profanity while playing games, a foodie that believes in four unhealthy meals a day, a hat afficianado and a techie.