When it comes to foraging for food that you don’t have to make yourself, there are thousands of options, but starting today, you won’t have to leave Facebook to find one.
The social media juggernaut today launched Order Food with Facebook, which is accessible on iOS, Android and Facebook.com and allows users to order a food pickup or delivery.
“People already go to Facebook to browse restaurants and decide where to eat or where to order food, so we're making that easier,” said Alex Himel, vice president of Facebook’s Local team. “We're combining options from a number of restaurants and food-ordering services, so you don’t have to search through multiple places and eat what you want, in just a few taps.”
Food-delivery services available under Order Food include EatStreet, GrubHub, Delivery.com and DoorDash and puts chain restaurants such as Five Guys, Papa John’s alongside your neighborhood go-tos.
While available restaurants often differ between each food-delivery service, “we’re trying to bring it together in one experience that’s really convenient for people,” Mike Sego, director of engineering, said as he gave Metro a demo of the new product before it launched.
Facebook has been testing Order Food for the past year, and the feature is available across the United States, even in areas that aren't generally places where food delivery is a staple for sustenance. “There’s definitely some places where this is a lot better for the people,” said Mike Sego, director of engineering, as he gave Metro a demo of the new product on Wednesday.
How to Order Food with Facebook
• Users can find Order Food under Facebook’s “Explore” menu.
• Once there, you can browse what restaurants are available and choose “Start order” when something strikes your fancy. “You can even check out what your friends have to say about a restaurant before you order your food,” Himel said.
• If the restaurant has delivery through multiple services, you can choose among them and sign up or use your sign-in for it if you already have an existing account.
• Place your order and put some pants on so you can answer the door.