Facebook recently added a new Weather section to its mobile app, and eventually weather forecasts will make their way to your newsfeed. Like other weather apps, it will also give an option to users to search for other locations. At the top of the Weather page, you also can see the daily forecast by the hour, as is common in most weather apps today. Weather forecasts are now available to around 95 percent of Facebook users globally, on both mobile and desktop. Facebook's weather data is supplied by The Weather Company's application programming interface, a link to its website can also be found at the bottom of the feature.
The company says more detailed greetings are currently being tested now - with further updates likely to be available by the end of this month.
The Weather app gets its information from the Weather Channel. Considering that delighted users stay in the app longer, we'd say that no matter how you slice it, Facebook is trying to get stickier with its mobile app. For example, you can see a deer hiding under a tree in rainy weather, or a bird in a sunny day.
This is a new addition to other updates they've already rolled out this year, including the "Discover People" feature which encourages users to find dates, friends and business connections by meeting strangers through the site. You will notice that all of the weather through the Facebook weather section is through the official Weather website.
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However, you can't swipe through your multiple locations once they're set up, as you could in a typical app like Yahoo Weather or Apple's Weather app - instead, if you want to change to a different location you have to return to the Settings and tap the one you want to view.
"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 told TechCrunch.
This is all good news for Facebook since the social media giant has been focusing on safety and has even included "Check-In" abilities when there is a bad weather storm happening in the world. That's pretty much the options you get.
In the Android or iOS app, slide out the menu by tapping on the three-line icon.