To make sharing your location easier and seamless, Facebook added a new feature to its Messenger service. Using the Live Location feature, you will now be able to choose to share your location with other through the messaging service in real-time. The feature has been rolled out to both iOS and Android versions of Facebook Messenger. Also Read - Facebook, Instagram might witness a 45 percent drop in teenage users over the next two years: ReportAlso Read - WhatsApp violates Indian users' rights by denying dispute resolution claims Centre
In order to share your current location through Messenger, you need to tap on the Location icon or tap on the More icon and select Location. The updated app now shows the map of your current location and the option to tap a blue bar to share the Live Location. If you choose the Live Location feature then the people or the group you share your location with will be able to see where you are on a map for the next 60 minutes. Also Read - Facebook to pay French news publishers for using its content
What makes the feature even more useful is that it further allows one to see the estimate of how long it would take the location sharer to reach a particular destination. In a situation, you don t want to discontinue sharing your Live Location, you simply need to tap on Stop Sharing. For improved tracking, there is a small countdown clock in the lower right corner of the map that shows for how long you have been sharing your location.
The feature doesn t make it a mandate to share Live Location. If you don t want others to track your whereabouts, you can choose to share a static point on a map as well. You can tap the Location icon or More icon and select Location. Here, instead of choosing Live Location, tap on the red pin in the upper right corner. Now, you can search for a place to share or drag the pin on the map and send your location details. ALSO READ: Facebook launches Town Hall tool to find nearby lawmakers
Facebook s addition of the new feature comes soon after Google Maps announced a new location-sharing feature for its app. The new feature generates a location link which can be also shared via messenger apps. It further allows one to share the real-time location and trip progress, without having to leave the app. However, unlike Facebook s feature which limits the tracking time to 60 minutes, Google Maps feature is a little more flexible and keeps sharing the real-time location till the journey is on and automatically stops sharing it when you arrive.
Talking about other new updates to Facebook Messenger; the company recently expanded its Mentions and Reactions features to the messaging service. With Mentions, users can now respond to an individual within a group conversation by putting an @ followed by the name of the person. The Reactions feature differentiates between a Like and Love and Sad on the main Facebook. Bringing the same functionality onto its Messenger, the company now allows one to react to a particular message in their group conversation with emoticons.