Facebook and Loopt Tie the Location Knot
Facebook and Loopt today announced a new version of the Loopt application for the iOS platform that integrates Facebook's Places feature within Loopt. Loopt users will now be able to see all their Loopt and Facebook Places friends on one map. Users can also check into both Loopt and Places at the same time and comments made on either social networking service will cross-pollinate to the other. Users can also see both their Facebook and Loopt friends' check-in histories from the Loopt app. Other new features include more granular control over alerts and privacy features, as well as easier sign-up and registration. The new version of Loopt is a free download from the iTunes App Store.
Facebook's Events App Reaches Android Devices
Facebook has made its Events application available to Android handsets via the Google Play Store. Events By Facebook, released to iOS devices in October, lets users find and schedule things to do with family and friends.
Facebook Integrating Song Samples from iTunes and Spotify
Facebook today announced a change to its iOS app that it hopes will help people discover more music. Facebook users will now be able to share Music Stories, which are 30-second snippets from shared songs or albums.
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 Messenger No Longer Requires Facebook Account
Facebook said beginning today people do not have to have a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger. When first loading the app, users will have the option of signing in with a phone number rather than their Facebook account.
Facebook Rings Up Food Order and Delivery Feature
Facebook today made it possible for Android, iOS, and web users to order food for takeout or delivery without leaving the app. The social network has partnered with a number of food delivery services, including Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow, EatStreet, Slice, and Olo, as well as a handful of restaurants, including Papa John’s, Wingstop, Panera, Jack in the Box, TGI Friday’s, Denny’s, Chipotle, and Five Guys.