Say hello to your new weather app, Facebook

By : |February 9, 2017 0

Facebook started decades ago with just a few pictures; then it became the platform to check on others’ lives. Then the social media giant reformed the concept of video content and also took the role of the newsroom by landing the latest news in our newsfeed. Now, Facebook wants to be the Weather guide as well.

Yes, Facebook has rolled out a new feature that brings a full weather forecast within its app and web version.

CIOL Say hello to your new weather app, Facebook

                                 

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The feature which is an updated version of its earlier “Weather Greetings,” is accessible from News Feed or the mobile app’s “More” menu. Powered by data from Weather.com; the latest feature can display the weather report for the next seven days.

A Facebook spokesperson said, “We are doing this because our goal is to develop products that connect people to the things they care about most and create moments of joy in people’s day, like simply telling you that it’s going to rain later,” a spokesperson said.”

According to TechCrunch, the feature has already reached “around 95 percent of its global population as of this week.”

The weather forecast will be based on your current location, however, like other weather apps, Facebook will also give options to search for other places. With messages like Good Morning, Good Evening, etc., users can see weather forecast by hours, along with general information like partly sunny, partly cloudy, rainy, etc., for next days. Users can also choose Fahrenheit or Celsius option.

Facebook will also update the cartoon display on the top of the page according to the weather. For example, you can see a deer hiding under a tree in rainy weather, or a bird in a sunny day.

The social media giant is also planning to provide an option for users to receive notifications for weather updates. The feature is currently in testing phase and is expected to be available by the end of the month.

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