Real-world Problem: In emergency management both internal situational awareness maps and public information maps can be used to provide near real-time information to stakeholders. However, it is a challenge to convey that the map will automatically update and when it will update.
Audience: Emergency Managers, the Public
Software: Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Online
Proposed Solution: A countdown timer that will tell you when the map will look for updates.
How would it work?
When I set the refresh interval for my map, it also ticks on a message somewhere in the App header or layer list widget that is a countdown. Alternatively, it could be a new widget tied to the refresh interval.
Here is an example using the Australian "Fires Near Me" app