Today, Facebook launched a new application, dubbed Facebook Stories, to highlight shared stories about people who have reconnected with friends and family via Facebook. As a part of the application, Bing Maps powers the location data for published stories. The location map provides a visual representation designed to further immerse you into the story, bringing you closer to the town being discussed.
Facebook’s intent with the Facebook Stories app is to celebrate all types of stories and to help you share your story with people around the world.
While Facebook Stories helps anyone tell their story and see the stories of others, it doesn’t replace meeting people in person. Later this summer, a team from Facebook will be hitting the open road in the U.S. to meet the people, towns and organizations behind these stories in their first Facebook Stories road trip. More details of the trip and initial stops in future posts on their their blog and Facebook Page.
Want them to visit your town too? Then share your story! Head on over to http://stories.facebook.com/, fill out the short form at the bottom and select a theme. When finished, you’ll be able to share your story (max. 420 characters) in the application and with your friends through News Feed.
For more information about Facebook Stories and the Bing Maps integration, check out the Bing blog post.