Facebook launches new Find Friends Nearby feature to apps

Macworld Australia Staff
25 June, 2012
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Facebook has added another location feature to its Android, iOS and mobile web apps

According to reports from TechCrunch Facebook engineers have been busy showing off a new app via their mobile platform, called ‘Find Friends Nearby’, that enables users to add each other on the social network

Find Friends Nearby lets people at a specific location or event launch the app, and then quickly one another – eliminating the need to search for names. A screenshot of the web app version is below:

[Image via TechCrunch.]

Find Friends Nearby requires  users to be logged into Facebook and the Find Friends Nearby platform. If two users are logged in, they can click a button to add each other. In a scenario where there’s a social event , like a party, this is where the app will come in handy as people will have the opportunity and platform to meet others in the same location.

Find Friends Nearby’s functionality is not the same as Apple’s Find My Friends app, however. FFN isn’t used to locate your friends, instead it’s meant to be used to make new ones.

Facebook engineer Ryan Patterson, who helped to build FFN, spoke with TechCrunch about the new app:

“I built Find Friends Nearby with another engineer for a hackathon project. While it was originally called ‘Friendshake’, we settled on ‘Find Friends Nearby’ for launch (the URL was a little bit of a homage to the previous iteration)”, Patterson said.

“For me, the ideal use case for this product is the one where when you’re out with a group of people whom you’ve recently met and want to stay in contact with. Facebook search might be effective, or sharing your vanity addresses or business cards, but this tool provides a really easy way to exchange contact information with multiple people with minimal friction”.

If you want to try out Facebook’s new Find Friends Nearby platform, you can access it on iOS by  going to menu > apps > find friends > other tools > Find Friends Nearby and on mobile you can open http://fb.com/ffn.


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