You’re already using Facebook for pretty much everything, so why not have your morning weather forecast while you’re there as well?
This seems to be the line of reasoning behind Facebook’s new feature, apparently available only to a small subset of users and noticed Friday by The Next Web. Some of them — mostly in the UK — are being greeted with a short “good morning” message with a weather forecast for their location. Unfortunately its not yet available to Kenyan users and Africa as a whole.
The feature is definitely not live for everyone; for example, no one of my friends in Kenya that I’ve asked has received the messages. But there’s more than one report on Twitter, as you can see below.
Weather forecast from Facebook this morning 👀 pic.twitter.com/YES2G9D3o8
Since when did Facebook have a weather forecast on the homepage???? 🌧 pic.twitter.com/TGvxR8YzbV
Apparently, when you click on the “see more” bit, you get a more full-featured (but still pretty basic) forecast for the day, as shown in the tweet below.
Facebook now has a weather forecast? pic.twitter.com/uONmO4llfv
The feature has been around for at least a couple of months now — the earliest reports I’ve seen of it are from early March.
We’ve contacted Facebook to learn more about the feature, but have not yet heard from the company.
If Facebook were to offer a more full-fledged weather experience, with radar imagery, for example, it could spell trouble for the booming weather app market.
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