Facebook Nearby Friends

Facebook announced today it will be rolling out a new social feature to its mobile app called Nearby Friends. The feature allows Facebook users to occasionally receive notifications when common friends are in similar locations similar to features offered by Foursquare and Apple’s Find My Friends service.

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.

In its announcement, Facebook emphasizes that the location sharing feature is opt-in meaning users will have to actively decide to turn on the feature rather than the social network flipping the feature on for everyone.

Nearby Friends also supports the ability to manage which groups of friends the features recognizes, and you can disable the feature at any point of course.

Similar to Apple’s Find My Friends app, Facebook’s Nearby Friends service offers granular controls for sharing precise locations for a set duration. Unlike Find My Friends, it’s cross-platform.

Facebook says its opt-in feature will be rolling out to users in its existing iPhone app “over the coming weeks”.


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19 Responses to “Facebook rolling out new location-sharing feature for iPhone called Nearby Friends”

  1. A new feature? How’s that? It’s an old feature!!
    I get notifications from Facebook app when my friends check-in nearby!!


  2. thejuanald says:

    That could be kind of creepy. It may randomly catch cheating spouses or acquaintances that are trying to avoid that “weird guy nobody likes”.


  3. Tharindu says:

    This could be the reason why facebook apps are draining up the batter like crazy when location services are enabled!


  4. Annnnnnnnd it’s time to trim that FB Friends list! You know… those friend request that you ‘just accepted’ without really knowing who they are. Wait… and all those small business owners that promoted on their personal FB page as vs making a FB page for your business and promoting on it. Yeahhhhhh… All those people you accepted because, “I’m trying to grow my business”…

    This is surely going to bring about a change in how people interact with FB.


    • inquiblog says:

      No. U can just select which list of friends you want to be active in this feature. So u can select the important ones. Or if you do not activate it, it will do nothing. Like now.


  5. Another creepy Facebook feature. And SO original! Let me guess, they track you unless you dig through 4 menus, 3 sub menus and 8 check boxes while hopping on one foot to opt out.

    This company just strikes me as sleazy and untrustworthy.


  6. So as a University student I will get multiple notifications every day unless i turn it off when I arrive at Uni?


  7. Great Idea, lets see how smart the algo is…but how do you set up a meeting then after fb splits off the messenger?


  8. Max Anders says:

    This idea is almost identical to an app in development at UW Madison, check it out… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAEJ7kWlW08


  9. For an ad-hoc IRL meet I prefer Showup.

    After 2 weeks in the appstore it doesn’t have FB’s coverage but it is more adventurous; it asks for 15 minutes of apprehensive optimism to see how many, if any will Showup to catch your frisbee, hear your poem, burn a flag, share a latte, flashmob, whatever and after that it is auto-deleted from phones & server.

    Also there’s no signup through FB/Twit/etc so as to ensure a degree of privacy.