Facebook Messenger update helps you find your friend’s exact location

Another day, another new feature for Facebook Messenger.

The latest? A new location-sharing feature called “live location” that allows you to share your real-time location inside of a chat for an hour at a time.

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While Messenger has long included location-sharing, the feature previously only allowed you to share a static point on a map. Useful if you’re staying in one spot, but less so if you’re moving around.

Now, with “live location,” you can keep location sharing enabled for a full hour so friends can pinpoint where you are even as you’re moving around.

The update is remarkably similar to location sharing feature introduced by Google last week. Facebook says it’s been testing the feature “for a little while,” though there are a couple differences.

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For one, Facebook only allows you to share your “live” location for up to an hour while Google lets you share for several hours at a time. Facebook will also show you estimates for how long it takes to drive to a specific point when someone shares their location with you.

Of course for some, the idea of sharing real-time location inside of Facebook will be creepy no matter what (the company notes the feature is “completely optional”). But it’s still likely to be one of the easiest ways to find people when you’re out and about.

Originally published at mashable.com on March 27, 2017.

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