Facebook Announces New 'Nearby Friends' Feature [Video]

Facebook Announces New 'Nearby Friends' Feature [Video]

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Facebook has announced a new feature called 'Nearby Friends' that helps you discover which friends are nearby or on the go.

If you turn on Nearby Friends, you’ll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up. For example, when you’re headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if friends are nearby so you can see the movie together or meet up afterward.

Facebook Announces New 'Nearby Friends' Feature [Video]

Facebook notes that Nearby Friends is optional. You can choose who can see if you’re nearby (for example: your friends, close friends, or a specific friends list) and you can turn it on and off at any time. 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.

Find your friends nearby and meet up
If you turn on Nearby Friends, you can also choose to share a precise location with the particular friends you choose for a set period of time, such as the next hour. When you share your precise location, the friend you choose will see exactly where you are on a map, which helps you find each other. Then you can meet up and spend time together.
Facebook Announces New 'Nearby Friends' Feature [Video]

See when your friends are traveling
When Nearby Friends is on, you can see when your friends are traveling if they’re also using this feature and sharing with you. You’ll be able to see the city or neighborhood they are in, including on their profile. When you see a friend visiting a place you’ve been, it’s the perfect opportunity to send a recommendation for a great restaurant. You can also make last-minute plans to meet up with a friend who happens to be in the same place you’re headed to.

Nearby Friends will be available on Android and iPhone in the US over the coming weeks. Check out the video below for a peek at the feature.

You can download Facebook from the App Store for free.

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Facebook Announces New 'Nearby Friends' Feature [Video]
James Hoyland - April 17, 2014 at 8:16pm
Fukjohn rah why have you repeated your self like 3 times are you a parrot or a stuck on record or summet or did you do that by mistake.
PC logic - April 17, 2014 at 8:33pm
Because of me loading not fast enough spamming the button by mistake, sometimes comments send like that, sometimes don't.
James Hoyland - April 17, 2014 at 6:23pm
I think that the facebook nearby friends feature should also be in the UK aswell.
Fukjohn Rah - April 17, 2014 at 6:27pm
Why not make it a radar and use maps to tell them exactly where they are.
Fukjohn Rah - April 17, 2014 at 6:27pm
Why not make it a radar and use maps to tell them exactly where they are.
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