Facebook Launches “Nearby Friends” to Let You Know Where Your Friends are in Real Life

Facebook's Nearby Friends feature lets users share both their general and precise location with friends. (Photo: Facebook)
Facebook’s Nearby Friends feature lets users share both their general and precise location with friends. (Photo: Facebook)

Facebook now has its own take on location sharing, an optional feature that periodically broadcasts people’s locations to their friends.

“Nearby Friends,” a mobile feature for Android and iOS, lets users share with others their general location, or their precise location for a limited period of time.

Those who turn on the feature will be occasionally notified when friends are nearby via a push notification on their device. Users can choose which of their Facebook friends will be notified of their location. Users can turn off the feature at any time.

In addition to the notifications, users might see Nearby Friends posts in their news feeds, and they’ll also be able to pull up a list of friends and their locations.

“Sharing your location with Nearby Friends goes two ways — you and your friends both have to turn on Nearby Friends and choose to share with each other to see when you’re nearby. Your friends will only be able to see that you’re nearby if you share this info with them and vice versa,” wrote Andrea Vaccari, a Facebook product manager, in a blog post.

Nearby Friends will begin rolling out in the U.S. over the coming weeks, Facebook said on Thursday.

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SOURCE:  Zach Miners
ComputerWorld

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