Facebook's new "Live Location" feature in Messenger tells friends how far away you are.
(CCM) — Facebook Messenger continues its metamorphosis from a simple messaging app into a sophisticated social platform with the launch of a new feature called "Live Location." The feature makes it easy for users to share where they are with friends and family. It is Facebook's response to the fact that the phrase: "How far away are you?" is one of the most used within the app. "People tell us that Live Location is helpful when trying to coordinate with friends, telling people how close you are when you’re on your way to an appointment, or even sharing where you are with your roommate when you’re on your way home at night," said Selena Wang, a product manager for Messenger.
When a user activates "Live Location," the person or people they share it with will be able to see where the user is on a map for the next 60 minutes, unless the "Stop Sharing" button is tapped. They will also see an ETA, indicating how long the user will take to arrive by car. A small clock in the lower right hand corner of the map will also show how much longer the feature will remain active before the 60-minute period expires. "Live Sharing" is rolling out globally on iOS and Android now.
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