Facebook introduced changes it is making to Location Sharing within the Messenger app today, bringing a more customized experience for what exactly you are sharing. Before, when you wanted to share your location, you just shared a basic pin on a map with where you were. Now, you can set a meeting place, send a map with directions, and plenty more.
Once the location button is selected, a user can decide what they would like to share. For example, if a friend asks where you are, you can give them a specific location or a general area. If you would like to set a meeting spot, you can search by address, gather a map of the location, and then share it as a separate message through Messenger.
According to Facebook, nothing about the way the app tracks your location is changing, though. As stated specifically in the blog post, the app’s location feature does not run in the background, and only when a user taps on the location button will it gather the necessary information.
If trying out this new feature interests you, keep your eyes on Google Play for the update.