Bing Launches Facebook Maps App
Bing has launched a new Facebook Maps apps, which a Bing representative tells WebProNews uses Facebook APIs to pull in your friend’s information from Facebook. It lets you see your Facebook friends right in Bing Maps.
With the My Friends map app, users can view profile pictures, status updates and write on someone’s wall, right from within the application. To use this, just start the app, log with you Facebook ID, and select "allow" to allow Bing Maps to connect to your profile (and to get your friend list).
After you’re logged in, any friends who have a "current city" listed in their Facebook profile, will have their profile picture pinned to the map.
If you click on your friends’ pictures on the map, it will show their status.
"We also have the de-clustering algorithm in place so if you have a number of friends in one place it will spin their photos into a circle and tether them back to the location with a line," explains Bing’s Chris Pendleton. "This is a great new way to watch your Facebook friends move around the world."
Some Facebook users have been waiting for the company to launch location features. This was widely expected to be launched at F8, Facebook’s developer conference in April, but that didn’t happen (instead, they launched the game-changing Open Graph).
This isn’t that location feature, and it doesn’t exactly make up for it. It possibly could in some ways if Facebook users updated their "current city" every time they made a status update, but this is only part of the "information" section in the user profile, which most people probably don’t update unless they move (although I’m sure some hardcore users update it more frequently). Either way, it’s not exactly reliable for seeing exactly where Facebook users are at any given moment.
Still, the app is interesting enough to take a look at, as it does put into perspective where your friends reside.