Live Location in Messenger, New Facebook Camera Effects and Sharing Options

Sharing location in a Messenger conversation — either continuously for an hour with Live Location or as a static point — is completely optional.

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A new way to share location in Messenger through 'Live Location' is rolling out globally and is available on both iOS and Android as well — makes it simple and seamless to share live location with a group of friends in Messenger or with just one person.

Additionally, sharing a static point on a map is possible too, just tap the location pin or the More icon, and then instead of choosing Share Live Location, tap the red pin in the upper right hand corner. Now, search for a place to share, or drag and drop the pin on the map, and tap Send.

For Live Location sharing on iOS and Android, tap the Location icon or tap More icon and then select Location. This update additionally, show a map of current location alongwith option to tap a blue bar to share Live Location.

When shared, the people will be able to see the location on a map for the next 60 minutes. And, a clock in the lower right corner of the map, will show how much longer you're sharing a location for.

You'll be able to see an estimate of how long it would take to get to others' locations by car. (The ETA is seen by the person with whom the location is shared.)

To stop sharing at any time; just tap Stop Sharing.

Share Live Location in Messenger on iOS and Android
Share Live Location in Messenger

Facebook is also rolling out today, new camera with effects on iOS and Android and two additional ways to share the photos and videos you take.

Starting this week, new filters for camera with dozens of effects like masks, frames and interactive filters will be available to apply to video and photos in real time. To try out the new in-app camera, just tap the camera icon in the top left corner of Facebook app or swipe right from News Feed.

Facebook is also partnering with brands to create masks for upcoming movies Alien: Covenant, Despicable Me 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Power Rangers, Smurfs: The Lost Village and Wonder Woman. Additionally, guest art from visual artists are included as well and will regularly refresh the creative effects in the camera to give you fun new effects to explore, the company said.

Facebook Stories, lets you share multiple photos and videos as part of a visual collection atop Timeline or in News Feed when posted there. When shared, just like Instagram, people will be able to view photos or videos for 24 hours.

Facebook Stories in Timeline or News Feed

To add to your story, tap on the "Your Story" icon in the Stories bar at the top of News Feed.Direct: Easily Share With Exactly Who You Want

In addition, Story can also be share via another option 'Direct,' designed for sharing individual photos and videos with specific friends for a limited time. When a photo or video is sent via Direct, people will be able to view it once and replay it or write a reply. Once the conversation on the photo or video ends, the content is no longer visible in Direct.

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Lastly, Facebook notes, new ways to create own frames and effects that can be used on any photo or video created with the new Facebook camera will be introduce over the coming months.

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