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

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

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

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woah didn't even read comments. Finally, two more people on my boat.

I've been preaching Paper since the day I read about it's release and downloaded it.

DO you both agree that they will eventually phase out the FB and Instagram apps, and have them solely as sections in Paper?

Same here Paper keeps you in the loop so you don't miss anything. That's all I need

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Facebook did a shotty release of Paper.

I truly believe Paper is the future of Facebook on phones, but they couldn't or didn't want to take away the "brand name" without further establishing that name--being Facebook.

Never would've even known about this because I solely use paper.

Just saying.

Idk why they released Paper, but it is far superior in every aspect the the FB app.

In my opinion, in my opinion.

Word on the street here in Silicon Valley is that Facebook has 5 years to live. And that's from Facebook engineers (and ex-Facebook engineers who recently quit.)

I know a lot of people quitting FB and they start using BBM Groups and channels instead. And so do i in the upcomming weeks.

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I use Paper almost exclusively as well...for timeline updates. I do use Facebook Messenger and on occasion - wait for it - Facebook Camera (derp). The main Facebook app is too slow on my iPhone 4, and I'm sure that new feature will drain the battery.

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I use Paper almost exclusively as well...for timeline updates. I do use Facebook Messenger and on occasion - wait for it - Facebook Camera (derp). The main Facebook app is too slow on my iPhone 4, and I'm sure that new feature will drain the battery.

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This article was about the nearby friends coming to Facebook. Not about Paper. Why can't people stay on track?

As for nearby friends, I don't care if people know where I am cuz I have nothing to hide.

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