Now you can share your exact location with friends and family with Find My Facebook Friends for iPhone and iPad

now you can share your location with friends and family with find my facebook friends for iphone and ipad

As if using Facebook wasn't stalker-ish enough, now you can track your friends' exact locations with Find my Facebook Friends. This app is very similar to Apple's Find my Friends app that was released last year alongside iOS 5.

The main difference between Find my Facebook Friends and Apple's app is that, you guessed it, the people you share your location with are from Facebook. Both you and your friend need to have Find My Facebook Friends installed in order for it to work.

If you're concerned about privacy, you can rest knowing that Find my Facebook Friends gives you a lot of options when it comes to sharing your location. You can choose to only share with certain groups you have set up on Facebook or with specific friends. You can also take the opposite approach and choose to share with everyone except the groups and people that you specify. You can similarly set up Find My Facebook Friends to notify you when someone is nearby.

Another difference between Find My Facebook Friends and Apple's Find My Friends is that in this new Facebook version, you can actually watch your friend travel on the map - you have to refresh Apple's app to see an updated location. While stalking checking Rene's location, I was able to see that he was driving down a road and the dot for his location was moving along the road quickly and smoothly. My biggest complaint was that if I wanted Rene's name to pop up over his bubble, the app would force me to zoom in really close to his location. I could zoom out afterwards, but then it would automatically zoom back in. This was rather annoying.

There seems to be a few complaints of the app crashing or freezing, but that has not been my experience on my iPhone 4S and new iPad. It's actually running pretty good on both devices for me.

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Leanna Lofte

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Now you can share your exact location with friends and family with Find My Facebook Friends for iPhone and iPad


Dionte, I'm the developer of Find My Facebook Friends. Let me assure you that Facebook doesn't receive your location while using this app. It resides on our servers. We will publish our friendly privacy policy soon.

I suspect the problem with this aPp is that it will constantly be using location services in the bg and draining the battery. With apple's app I think only when others request your location aka open the app, your location is determined. Thus, that is the only time your gps turns on. Am I right?

Jt, that's correct.
I must add that when Find My Facebook Friends runs in the background it doesn't use the GPS all the time. It does that intelligently so it won't drain your battery as much as you expect it to. Just try it out and see for yourself.

In other words, pay you 99¢ to see your battery die faster than normal.
Or do it for free with Apple's app...

Pass. I don't need Facebook "integrating" with anything else. And I gotta pay for something I can get for free from apple or google.

I'll pass on this one. I'm not interested in having anyone know my exact location at any particular time. Suits me better to tell them where I am IF I want them to know. Wives, husbands, girlfriends, and boyfriends, are sure to love this one. Not for me, thanks.

Not a big deal if you use the privacy toggles. I will not be paying a dollar for this but I like that it intergrates with Facebook. I hate adding and removing friends manually to things that apple produces. HP really got it when they had the actual contact sync.

I won't be forking over a buck either. Between find my friends and google latitude, I'm set. If it is ever offered free, I might try it out That's if I don't cancel my Facebook by then.

10x for this post. It touches upon an imp topic. Recently, I came across alarming stats. It turns out that teens easily give their number to ppl they just befriended on Facebook. I worried a lot. So, now I use even use a paid high-end iPhone/iPad app to know whether my teen girl is not meeting up with some suspicious and potentially dangerous ppl. I also know her GPS location at any time. The app is easy to use. It can be downloaded via Cydia and offers a 24 hours FREE trial for worried parents. It is worth checking out. After all there are so many freaks out there...

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