Foursquare to Share More User Data
Foursquare recently announced impending changes to its privacy policies. The changes, set to go into effect January 28, 2013, will begin with revealing the full first and last names of users. Previously, the site only displayed the first name and last initial on user profiles. Foursquare will also make it easier for businesses and/or venues to access check-in data by making it available for a longer period of time. Foursquare said that users of its social location sharing service can control these details via the account setting tools.
Cortana Now Shows Foursquare Recommendations
Microsoft today said it has enabled Foursquare recommendations within Cortana, the virtual personal assistant that's part of Windows Phone 8.1. Cortana will now proactively showcase local recommendations on handsets, though the feature must first be enabled by device owners.
Facebook Adds More Control Over Location Sharing In Messenger
Facebook today altered the way it handles location sharing within Messenger. Previously, Messenger allowed users to set their location-sharing status to on or off.
Google Maps Improves Location-Sharing Tools
Google today made it possible for Maps users to share their exact location with friends and family. In Maps, users need only tap the blue dot (signifying their location) and select those with whom they'd like to share.
Twitter, Foursquare to Offer Place Tagging in Tweets
Twitter today said it has partnered with Foursquare so users can tag specific locations in Tweets. Twitter already lets users to tag their location from its mobile apps, but the location is defined loosely across a broad area, like a neighborhood or town.
Facebook Aims to Simplify Connecting with Others Via Messenger
Facebook is adding several tools to its Messenger service with the the goal of making it easier to begin conversations with others. To start, the company is rolling out Messenger Codes, which allows people to scan one another's code and begin chatting.