Facebook’s new location indicator: Another irritating feature

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 7:58:03 by

Facebook has added another feature to its network that will certainly raise some eyebrows among the users. This new feature shows the user’s location on the webpage’s status bar. The most frustrating thing about this new addition to the network is that it
has no TURN ON/OFF switch in the settings.

After pulling out their efforts from check-in service, called Places, the company has launched another nagging feature to the website which doesn’t even have a name.

Most features like this location intimation are buried in pile of settings but this has no control toggle that can turn it off.

The most uninteresting thing about it is that it bluntly shows all, who are in the friends list, where you are. The features steals the IP location from the router and searches for the city on Google Maps and pinpoints the position on the status bar, a little
GPS in Facebook’s eye. But who needs this kind of a feature?

The question should be, why does a user need to display a location to his/her friends?

If someone has sneaked out of the busy life and wants to spend a little time alone, what this application does it that, it frankly tells others where to nag him or her.

However, this kind of irritation can be parried off by the following steps:

  • Hover the mouse to the status bar, where the location is displayed in dim gray font.
  • Click the cross or cancel button and the status will disappear until it is needed again.
  • If the user wants to re-enter the location in the future, it can be manually entered.
  • Just click on the location tab and punch-in the location manually.
  • In mobile Facebook apps, the feature can be warded off by just tapping on the location.
  • In iPhone app, it can be turned off by simple probing into the settings and turning the Facebook location off.
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