We've been inviting people to and attending parties through Facebook for years and years and years, but only now are they finally easy to look at: calendar view is here.

The idea of putting all of your Facebook events (and friends' birthdays) onto a calendar within Facebook is so obvious that it's sort of sad that it took a "hackathon" until dawn to come up with it—but we're not complaining.

Facebook events now sport a calendar view, which is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of the current, stupid format which lists events you have in the coming days and then jumps to "later this month," now you have all of your stuff in a nice big calendar. It's a calendar. Ever used a calendar? It looks like that—bunch of boxes with things written on it and pictures of people who will turn a year older on that date. It progresses, inexorably, the march of time ever apparent. It's extremely useful, extremely simple, and extremely welcome.

If you don't have the new look now, you should soon—Facebook has already begun rolling it out. [Facebook via VentureBeat]