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?

Source: Facebook

There are 33 comments

hotkoko says:

Who the heck cares where my friends are

sladyrko says:

If you had friends, you would care.. :-))

hotkoko says:

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

sladyrko says:

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.. :-))

hotkoko says:

I just don't live my life on a computer, I'm active. Not a computer nerd that ONLY have online friends

sladyrko says:

Sure you are :-)) /s

hotkoko says:

U should try real human friends some time

Quis89 says:

So all my Facebook friends are robots?!?!!?! Or worse!!!! Aliens??!?!@?!?

hotkoko says:

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...

TenshiNo says:

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

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

Dizfunctions says:

This is a neat idea. Makes group meet ups a lot easier haha

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^^^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.

TenshiNo says:

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.

agreed with this. i doubt i'd use it but i definitely see the use in it.

15israellai says:

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

TenshiNo says:

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.

rawmustard says:

This is one of the purposes of Foursquare, which should be a much more smaller group than typical Facebook friends.

NealJ777 says:


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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.

wollac11 says:

Oh you mean like Google Plus does? Just now from a company I don't actually trust. Sweet!

joshua.worth says:

I've been getting notified if friends checked in nearby for years.

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.

Danny X-Ray says:

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!
X-9 = 2B^3

TenshiNo says:

Sadly, I suspect a lot of people will not get the '84 reference.

decypher44 says:

I just saw it pop up on my FB app. I declined. My lack of interest aside, wouldn't this be a battery-killer?

Well if it's using your location via GPS then yes it is consuming some battery

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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.

ahutchga1972 says:

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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I think my friends would be a lot cooler with being able to default their timelines to sort by most recent!

SaifulIslam says:

Is there a new update for fb?? I see it like it have a new UI but mine is still old UI.

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notedude3 says:

If it doesn't F up my battery pwr.....ima use this

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udik says:

Much better location sharing app, secured and without Facebook's strings ..:

Cesar Roman says:

Hi all! Glanceout is now live for Android and iOS… do you think it's up to Facebook Nearby Friends level?