Facebook wants you to know when your friends are nearby, if they're cool with that

Facebook has announced an interesting new feature called Nearby Friends which does pretty much exactly what you think it does. User can optionally turn on broad proximity notifications, so you and your friends can get a notice when your friends are nearby. You can set specific friends and friends lists to get these notifications, and it only works if both parties have it enabled. The new system also allows you to share specific GPS coordinates for a limited amount of time with selected contacts.

Though many Facebook users will likely want to keep their location private, I could see Nearby Friends being useful for coordinating larger gatherings and facilitating impromptu meetings with folks you haven’t seen in awhile. As is, Facebook Messenger already allows rough location sharing, and this is a sensible extension.

Nearby Friends isn’t live just yet, but should be hitting iOS and Android devices “in the coming weeks”. How touchy are you guys about sharing your location? When this goes live, will you be enabling it?

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Facebook wants you to know when your friends are nearby, if they're cool with that

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Funny.. I guess ur one of those dorks who are always on there phones and always on fb cause your a social media nerd

No, I am from people who have life.. Maybe what you said is more about you.. But it's really useful if you have friends.. Something you can't understand, because probably you don't have.. :-))

Yeah, go out to a public place like a bar and NOT be face booking and on social media. I'd be chatting up meeting new ppl and you'll be texting away on ur Facebook and taking pictures on ur cool phone...

Ok, children... I'm sure you both have plenty of very nice friends...

How did this devolve into *this* argument so quickly?

^^^this guys gets it^^^

wouldn't use it personally but it does have its use. if you see your friend is nearby, it does allow you to cut to the chase to get a meetup going.

If they made it easy to turn on and off, I could see a benefit. Maybe you didn't realize that your buddy has been at the bar down the street all night. That sort of thing. If it runs all the time, it could easily become annoying. Especially if it's going to notify one every time a friend is within a couple of miles or something.

Wait no, that's an incredibly old feature. I remember trying to turn off notifications for nearby friends a long time ago.

There's been a number of apps (for Android and, I would assume, iOS as well) that provided something very similar. I installed one at one point, at a friend's suggestion, but ended up uninstalling it within days because I found it to be more of a nuisance than anything else.

Here's the catch-22: I don't trust Facebook. But you need a social network as large as facebook for this to be useful. If it's anything less than 5 people or so then you might as well use "share location" in hangouts.

I think this is different in that your friends don't have to check in anywhere. The app keeps track of both your and their location and lets you know if they happen to be nearby.

Must be terrifying for all those folks who constantly fear spy satellites overhead! One step closer to '84, they will say. But myself? Cool. Very cool. Bring it on!
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I'm Running the Facebook android beta testing version, so this feature actually rolled out to me today, but since i don't know anyone else on it, and no one nearby that has it, other than enabling it i can't really test it out.

I would love for Facebook to quit showing me "people I may know" or "groups I may like" and just show my freaking feed.

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