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Facebook Introduces Nearby Friends Feature, Rollout in “Coming Weeks”

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In a move that is sure to ruin Hide and Seek games across the world, Facebook today has announced a new feature coming soon called Nearby Friends. This opt-in feature will allow you to share your location only with your selected friends, meaning that if you ever happen into the same restaurant or mall, your phones will automatically let you know. 

Once activated by yourself and your friend on their device, the Facebook app will send you both a notification whenever you two are in the same area. If you or your friend are a little lost, you can choose to turn on your exact location with someone for a certain amount of time. Turning on Nearby Friends will also share your location on your profile, so if you are traveling, your friends can see where you are and suggest things to do while you are out.

Before you start running through your list of Facebook friends and figuring out who to delete, Facebook made it very clear in its blog post today that this will be an opt-in feature. Once it is rolled out to iOS and Android devices over the “coming weeks,” you will have to turn it on in the settings to get it to work.

Now all of your Facebook friends can be Big Brother.

Via: Facebook
  • Tomek G

    Reminds of now defunct Latitude, such amazing concept from google, killed in order to work with G+

  • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

    Here go the “I hate facebook” / “Will not be using this” / “disabling this asap” / “what a stupid feature” comments…if you dont use facebook because you have no life dont read the articles about it and dont comment…i think its a cool feature if you wanna use it…i prob wont but then again i prob would try it out bc it would be cool if your at a mall and someone you havent seen in a while is there too and u can meet up to say hi…dont see anything wrong with that…just wouldnt want my significant other knowing where i was all the time so wouldnt use it in that sense…good thing i dont have a significant other and have no need to worry about that

  • mcdonsco

    Will be disabled immediately, assuming i can.

    Last thing i want are people stopping in to say hello when I’m in a restaraunt eating.

    • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

      because your soooo important im sure

  • Ukey Jones

    NSA calls the feature “nearby potential domestic terrorist” (aka “nearby American citizen”).

  • Intellectua1

    That’s why you shouldn’t have random nobodies on your Facebook. I have no friends on my fb. I outgrew most of them, now I only use Facebook to keep up with the news and things that interest me. Or just turn off the GPS access to Facebook

    • mcdonsco

      Come on, just be honest…you have no friends :-)

      • Intellectua1

        Yea, you’re right. I’m a loner.. My only friend is my dog. :’(

        • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

          well…dog is mans best friend….i love my dogs

    • Disqus_n00b

      You get your news from Upworthy?

  • Tyler

    So is this going to be a separate app too? Wouldn’t want reduce the number of users by including it in the actual app now would we?

    • Hershel

      its gonna be part of the same app.

      • Tyler

        I know, its was more a stab at the fact they are removing the messenger from the main app. Forgot my /s tag.

  • BeerManMike

    The catch is the NSA is everyone’s friend!

  • Mike Aurin

    Does anyone still not have the flat UI theme they introduced a few weeks back or am I the only one?

    • Gobohobo

      @mikeaurin:disqus same here man, I still have the old UI. My bud has it in the Alpha program. From what I’ve heard, its still being tested and it will most likely be activated server side

      • Mike Aurin

        Thanks for the info. The screenshots on Google Play show it so I was curious if I was the only one trailing. I thought it may have left testing.

  • T4rd

    Brings a whole new meaning to the term “Facebook stalking!”

  • Guy Pierce

    Also known as Waze!

    • Hershel

      waze is for traffic…

      • Guy Pierce

        Look at the image posted. A map Just like Waze and a Facebook friend driving on the map just like Waze. Hmm.

        • Hershel

          you clearly don’t know the diference.,,…

          • Guy Pierce

            We’ll see when Facebook rolls out update to it. That’s all I’m saying! And yes, I see there is supposed to be a difference.

          • Hershel

            unless this will help you with traffic congestion and other problems all i see is an app with the location of one or more of your friends near buy.

          • Guy Pierce

            Aren’t you a Zombie!!!

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    What if I don’t want people to know? Haha this would defeat the purpose of avoiding personal communication

    • BillySuede

      pretty sure this is an opt-in/out deal.

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        Yeah I saw that part. But I wonder If they won’t make everyone opted in by default. I won’t use it so meh :/

    • Hershel

      while I agree with you, its best to only use facebook with those you actully know, rather a bunch of random people.

      • mcdonsco

        Yes and no…in my business of real estate the more I have in “friends” on social networks the more business I can potentially get.

        I do wish there was a “behind the scenes” way of designating/seeing etc only your REAL friends though.

        • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

          it says you can select people you want to have access to your location

  • Guest

    I guess this is what they needed room for now that they are removing chat.

  • Mordecaidrake

    Taking a page from Google+ eh Facebook?

    • The Narrator

      at least facebook’s new app is better

      • Mordecaidrake

        The alpha app is better, minus the forcing of top posts. I still prefer Google+ to Facebook.

        • Hershel

          random people adding you to their feeds…… no way to controling who does….. mmmmm

    • Hershel

      who uses google plus?

      • Mordecaidrake

        I do!

        • Hershel

          i’m terribly sorry

        • MacNificent

          So do I. And I think it’s one of the best social networks out!

          • Hershel

            Until I can control who can add me to their circles it’s a no go for me

          • Turner

            Who care who adds me to a circle. If I don’t share anything with people not in my circles it’s just a waste of real estate on their end.

      • BeerManMike

        Why the negativity? You used to have a good head on your shoulders…

        • Hershel

          Trust me, if you ever loose a head, you’ll become negative…..

      • Fozzybare

        lots of people. i love your ignorance.