18 April 2014

Facebook Unveils Its New Optional Feature – Nearby Friends

Guess what? Facebook is now beginning to roll out its new yet optional feature called Nearby Friends which help users to discover their friends in "nearby locations."

In a Facebook News Room post about Nearby Friends, users can choose the option to TURN the new feature ON.

If it is TURN ON, a person positively and occasionally gets notifications with their friends who happen in the NEARBY locations so that you can get in touch and meet up with them.

The problem here is you are generally a homebody type of person, this feature is not for you. As for those you keep on partying and taking outside hangouts, these are probably a good choice. Unless you always get FREE WIFIs.

facebook nearby friends
Although, Facebook clarifies that Nearby Friends is an optional feature. Thus, you can choose who can see if you’re nearby (for example your friends, close friends, or a specific friends list) and you can turn it on and off at any time which saves a lot of privacy issues.

Also, you can set the option to share the precise location with particular friends in a period of time. These friends can see you in their MAP which helps it to find and meet up together.

facebook nearby friends location settings
Sharing locations with Nearby Friends go with two ways:
  •  You and your friends both have to turn on Nearby Friends 
  •  Choose to share with each other to see when you’re nearby
Note: Your friends will only be able to see that you’re nearby if you share this info with them and vice versa.

Availability

Nearby Friends will be available on Android and iPhone in the US over the coming weeks.

Source: Facebook's Nearby Friends
 Images credit to Facebook

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