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Facebook has updated its mobile Messenger application to give users a bit more information about who's actually reading their messages versus who's ignoring them completely.  And message recipients can now see a general gist of where you are in addition to your specific GPS coordinates.

The new updates, launched Friday, are for both the iOS and Android versions of the Facebook Messaging application. To clarify, that's not the default Facebook application that you might have installed on your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. While, yes, you can also message people within Facebook's native app, the aforementioned updates are for the standalone Messenger application only – for now. According to TechCrunch's Josh Constine, Facebook does plan to roll out its new changes to its normal Facebook app and the website itself at some point in the future.

With the new upgrades, when you send a message as part of a chat conversation, a little mobile icon will appear beneath your text to give all participants in the conversation a general gist of where you and your mobile device happen to be. If they want to track down exactly where you are, they only have to click on a little GPS icon to the right of your message, which pulls up your exact location at the time of sending.

The "read receipts" feature is similar, in that it will display a little note under messages you've sent to let you know which participants in the conversation actually took a look at what you had to say. Gone are the days where one could just ignore a friend's message in peace; Now, anyone you Facebook chat with (via your smartphone or tablet, at least) will be able to tell if you saw a message and ignored it, or jumped out of the conversation completely.