Facebook adds live location sharing to its Messenger app

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Facebook adds live location sharing to its Messenger app

The world’s biggest social media tool Facebook has not stop in developing its services, now the company adds a live-sharing service to its Messenger application.

With the development, your Facebook ‘friends’ can now track your location for an hour at a time.

Early this week, Facebook has unveiled a new feature that reveals users’ locations to friends but receives different concerns over its security entity.

According to Mark Zuckerberg-led company the feature is designed to help friends find one another and organise meet ups.

Furthermore, the tool will compete with similar features offered by Apple and Google Maps.

The Live Location service that tracks users and continually shares their location with friends for up to an hour.

The feature is designed to help friends find one another and organise meet ups in unfamiliar or crowded places.

Facebook’s Messenger now offers a tracking service that allows users to share their location with friends. The feature is designed to help friends find one another and organise meet ups in unfamiliar or crowded places.


[‘To share your Live Location in a message on iOS, tap the Location icon or tap the More icon and then select Location.

‘With today’s update, you’ll see a map of your current location and the option to tap a blue bar to share your Live Location.

‘If you choose to share your Live Location, the person or people you share it with will be able to see where you are on a map for the next 60 minutes.

‘You’ll be able to see an estimate of how long it would take to get to others’ locations by car. (The ETA is seen by the person with whom the location is shared.)

‘You can stop sharing your Live Location at any time; just tap Stop Sharing.

‘A small clock in the lower right hand corner of the map will also let you know how much longer you’re sharing your location for.’]

The development comes following company found out that one of the most used phrases on Messenger as people talk to friends and family is ‘How far away are you?’ or some variation, Stan Chudnovsky, head of product for Messenger, said in an interview.

‘It happens to be what people are saying, what they’re interested in the most,’ Chudnovsky said.

The Messenger official said that the Sharing location information will be optional, but it will also be live.

It just means that once a user shares the information with a friend, the friend will be able to watch the user’s movement for up to 60 minutes.

Messenger was once part of the core Facebook smartphone app, but the company broke it out as a separate app in 2014.

It has since invested in frequent changes to build a service distinct from the massive social network.

Meanwhile, last week Google Maps said that it was adding a similar locations feature.

“The close proximity of the announcements tells Facebook ‘that we’re working on the right things,” he added.

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