If there’s one tech company that continually tries to innovate in its apps, it’s Facebook. With updates rolling out almost weekly, Facebook never stops moving to include new features that make its service more complete. Today we’re talking about two novelties that deserve a look: weather updates and community notifications for disasters.
Check out the forecast
People who don’t already have weather apps installed are in luck. Facebook has added a forecast section to both its app and its browser version. It includes the current temperature plus prognostications for the next few hours in a specific place. If you don’t set your location, it’ll use your geolocation data to determine it. Plus it provides the five-day outlook, all courtesy of Weather.com.
You can set the temp to be displayed in Celsius or Fahrenheit, plus add other cities to fetch weather info for. This new feature is still quite green, but it could be helpful for people who don’t get their weather news elsewhere. That said, it’s always worth weighing the benefits of additions like this against the enormous data consumption of the official Facebook app, which is a helluva long way from being optimized.
Community Help is the new corollary to Safety Check
One of Facebook’s tools for helping people has been updated with a new feature to offer assistance to people affected by emergencies or disasters. Community Help has emerged as a complement for the Safety Check feature. The idea is to allow people to find and help others who need food, shelter, or transportation after disasters.
This new feature is available, for now, for natural disasters or accidents (fire, earthquake, etc…). For now it’s only active in select countries (USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Saudi Arabia), though it’s expected to roll out worldwide within two weeks, plus include as many incidents as possible to be used in the Safety Check. This feature is the sort of thing we hope never needs to be used but is nonetheless essential in the era we live in. A great improvement that we hope arrives to all nations soon.
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