Facebook’s New iPhone App Adds Map View of Friends’ Locations, Check-Ins For Events

In Facebook’s first update to its iPhone app in five months, the company added a new map view for seeing friend’s locations and check-ins for events.

Facebook also changed the user interface for notifications, putting bigger profile pictures in, and added the ability to unfriend people from the iPhone app. Overall, the changes are pretty modest.

The map view will also help people better visualize how close their friends are, which might help if they’re in unfamiliar or new cities (see right).

By allowing users to check-in to Events, Facebook may be able to cross-promote the two features, inspiring users to RSVP and check in more often. As you can see below, users can not only see Nearby Places, but they can also browse Nearby Events. This means users will probably need to exercise a bit more care around making their events private.

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