Facebook is making sure you never get lost again
Facebook is now able to keep a closer eye on its users than ever before thanks to a major new update.
The social media giant has revealed it is introducing the ability to share exactly where you are in the world via the Messenger app for the first time.
The new Live Location feature allows Facebook Messenger users will be able to broadcast their location using the app for up to an hour – making meeting up easier than ever.
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The service is not always tracking, as users will be able to choose exactly when they share their location, and who sees it.
Messenger users can launch the new service by tapping on the new ‘location’ icon displayed above their chat message.
This will then open up a map showing your current location, along with the option to share this with the person you are chatting with.
Once activated, your friend will be able to see your movements for an hour, with changes reflected in real time.
The service will also show how long it would take to get to the other person’s location by car, but you can also choose to tap anywhere on the map to arrange to meet there instead.
You can stop sharing your location at any time during this period by tapping on the ’Stop Sharing’ button that appears in the map windows.
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Live Location allows users to track each other for an hour
Facebook says that Live Location was introduced after the company noticed that “How far away are you?” was one of the most popular questions asked on Messenger.
The change will be rolling out over the next few days, with users able to get the new features by updating their Messenger app.
The news is the latest update from Facebook to make Messenger more engaging, as it looks to boost the user base of its chat platform.
Earlier this month, Facebook also added Stories – a feature that lets users sum up their week with short video clips, photographs, GIFs and more – to Messenger to try and boost interactivity.
However the new addition was heavily criticised for its similarity to SnapChat Stories.
Facebook also recently launched group video chats for Facebook Messenger users as it looks to take on the likes of Skype and Google Hangouts.
Messenger currently has over a billion users worldwide, making it one of Facebook's most lucrative products.