Facebook quietly launches "Find Friends Nearby" feature
| by Padmini Harchandrai |
Facebook's launched a sneaky update to its mobile apps as well as its mobile site with a feature called "Find Friends Nearby". As the name suggests, the feature essentially finds your Facebook friends who are near you. Needless to say, the feature requires you to turn on location services on your mobile device. It seems the feature has been made available without an actual update to the Facebook app from the respective application stores. The feature was initially called Friendshake but the name was then changed to Find Friends Nearby for simplicity. According to TechCrunch, the URL through which the service can be accessed is http://fb.com/ffn which is essentially an abbreviation for "Find Friends Nearby". Early on in May, Facebook bought location service, Glancee, which obviously helped with the creation of Find Friends Nearby, either directly, or at least with sidestepping a patent suit. Glancee pretty much provided the same service i.e. ambient location services, showing you which friends are nearby. Facebook's Find Friends Nearby will now directly compete with Glancee's competitor, Highlight.
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