Facebook Adding Tips About Nearby Places to Newsfeed
Facebook today announced a new feature for its iOS application called Places. Using location data, Facebook will begin to post information about nearby places — restaurants, museums, etc. --- to the top of users' newsfeeds. The tips will appear as cards, which will contain information about the place's location, hours, and web site as well as photos and/or ratings shared by the user's friends. It mimics some of the behaviors of Foursquare. Places relies on cellular, GPS, and WiFi radios to determine location, but Facebook is also testing location placement with Bluetooth-based beacon technology. The feature is optional and users can turn it off any time. Places for Facebook is baked into the iOS application, which is available today. Facebook didn't say when it might add the feature to its Android app.
Facebook Messenger Gains Live Location Sharing
Facebook today made it possible for people to share their real-time location with others using Messenger. The optional tool is available to both Android and iOS devices.
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.
Facebook Adjusts Mobile Notifications
Facebook today said it is rolling out redesigned mobile notifications for its Android and iOS apps. Moving forward, people will be able to add important information to their notifications, all of which can be viewed in a single place in Facebook.
Facebook Takes Steps to Improve Mobile Profiles
Facebook today discussed several significant changes headed to user profiles on mobile devices. First, profile images can now be short, looping videos to highlight a new dimension of our personalities.